Army of Shadows (1969)

Criterion   (1969) / Region A
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Army of Shadows (1969)

The most personal film by the underworld poet Jean-Pierre Melville, who had participated in the French Resistance himself, this tragic masterpiece, based on a novel by Joseph Kessel, recounts the struggles and sacrifices of those who fought in the Resistance. Lino Ventura, Paul Meurisse, Jean-Pierre Cassel, and the incomparable Simone Signoret star as intrepid underground fighters who must grapple with their conception of honor in their battle against Hitlers regime. Long underappreciated in France and unseen in the United States, the atmospheric and gripping thriller Army of Shadows is now widely recognized as the summit of Melvilles career, channeling the exquisite minimalism of his gangster films to create an unsparing tale of defiance in the face of seemingly insurmountable odds.

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  • Rating NR
  • Released:
  • Added Mar 09 2020
  • Production Year 1969
  • Empire SKU 2796983
  • UPC Code 715515244015
  • Studio  Criterion
  • Packaging HD
  • Number of Discs 2
  • Disc SS-SL
  • Subtitles English

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High-definition digital restoration, supervised by director of photography Pierre Lhomme, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack
Alternate 2.0 surround soundtrack, presented in DTS-HD Master Audio
Audio commentary from 2006 featuring film scholar Ginette Vincendeau
Interviews from 2007 with Lhomme and editor Françoise Bonnot
On-set footage and excerpts from archival interviews with director Jean-Pierre Melville, cast members, author Joseph Kessel, and real-life Resistance fighters
Jean-Pierre Melville et “L’armée des ombres” (2005), a short program on the director and his film
Le journal de la Résistance (1944), a rare short documentary shot on the front lines during the final days of the German occupation of France
Restoration demonstration by Lhomme
Trailers
An essay by critic Amy Taubin, along with a piece by historian Robert O. Paxton and excerpts from Rui Nogueira’s Melville on Melvil

Audio/Video

  • Audio
    French Dolby Digital 5.1
  • Video
    Standard 1.33:1 Color

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