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Army of Shadows

L'armée des ombres

Directed by Jean-Pierre Melville
France, Italy, 1969
Drama, War
  • French
  • English
The Crimes of Jean-Pierre Melville


This atmospheric WWII drama recounts the perilous efforts of a group of underground fighters in the French Resistance, which Melville based on his own personal accounts as a freedom fighter against Hitler’s Nazi regime.

Our take

While Melville’s brilliant style of genre cinema may seem modernist, detached and stoic, this masterpiece may have you reconsider. Melville fought in the Resistance, a personal history which lends this thrilling saga of the underground, espionage, escape and betrayal with a deep, melancholy soul.

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Awards & Festivals

Indiewire Critics' Poll

2006 | Nominee: Best Film

New York Film Critics Circle Awards

2006 | Winner: Best Foreign Language Film

Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards

2006 | Winner: Special Citation

National Society of Film Critics Awards

2007 | Winner: Special Award

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