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Army of Shadows

Spine #385

May 15, 2007

Number of Discs: 1

  • 1.85:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
  • French Dolby Digital 1.0 Mono
  • French Dolby Surround
  • English subtitles

Army of Shadows

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2020 Blu-ray

2020 DVD

Directed By: Jean-Pierre Melville
Starring: Lino Ventura, Paul Meurisse, Jean-Pierre Cassel, Simone Signoret, Claude Mann, Paul Crauchet, Christian Barbier
Licensor: Rialto Pictures

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Jean-Pierre Melville's masterpiece about the French Resistance against the Nazi occupation went unreleased in the United States for thirty-seven years, before its triumphant theatrical debut in 2006. Atmospheric and gripping, Army of Shadows is Melville's most personal film, featuring Lino Ventura, Paul Meurisse, Jean-Pierre Cassel, and the incomparable Simone Signoret as intrepid underground fighters who must grapple with their own brand of honor in their battle against Hitler's regime.

  • Audio commentary by film historian Ginette Vincendeau
  • New interviews with Lhomme and editor Françoise Bonnot
  • Archival video excerpts, including on-set footage and interviews with Melville, cast members, writer Joseph Kessel, and real-life Resistance fighters
  • Jean-Pierre Melville et "L'Armée des ombres" (2006), a short program on the director and his film
  • Le journal de la Résistance (1944), a rare short documentary shot on the front lines of the final days of German-occupied France
  • Film restoration demonstration by Lhomme


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