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The Sorrow and the Pity The Sorrow and the Pity

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Extraordinary, epic documentary originally made for French television in 1969 by director Marcel Ophuls.

The film chronicles the Nazi occupation of France from 1940 to 1944, using archive footage such as propagandist newsreels and footage of Maurice Chevalier singing for the German troops, coupled with personal interviews with French Resistance fighters and former German officers as well as government officials, spies, war veterans and citizens, including those who collaborated with the Nazi invasion. 

Focusing in particular on the occupation of one small French industrial city, Clermont-Ferand, the film asks probing questions about the anti-Semitism and xenophobia prevalent in French society at the time.

The film was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary in 1972.

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Extraordinary, epic documentary originally made for French television in 1969 by director Marcel Ophuls.

The film chronicles the Nazi occupation of France from 1940 to 1944, using archive footage such as propagandist newsreels and footage of Maurice Chevalier singing for the German troops, coupled with personal interviews with French Resistance fighters and former German officers as well as government officials, spies, war veterans and citizens, including those who collaborated with the Nazi invasion. 

Focusing in particular on the occupation of one small French industrial city, Clermont-Ferand, the film asks probing questions about the anti-Semitism and xenophobia prevalent in French society at the time.

The film was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary in 1972.

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Extras

  • High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation, from materials supplied by Gaumont
  • Original French mono audio (uncompressed LPCM on the Blu-ray)
  • Optional English subtitles
  • Interview with director Marcel Ophuls, filmed in 2004
  • Le Nouveau Vendredi: The Sorrow and the Pity, a 55-minute debate that followed the film s belated 1981 French television premiere, in which Ophuls and historians Henri Amouroux and Alain Guérin discuss the film and the issues that it raises with an audience of students from Clermont-Ferrand
  • Reversible sleeve featuring new and original artwork

Additional Info

Additional Info

SKU 5027035016924
Catalogue Number FCD1453
Product contents 1 disc
Year 1969
Director Marcel Ophuls
Format DVD, Blu-Ray
Publisher(s) Arrow Academy
Countries France
Aspect ratio 1.66:1
Colour Black & White
Sound 2.0 Mono
Subtitles English
Language(s) French
Running time 249 min
Blu-ray region B
Certificate Exempt

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