L'armée des ombres [videorecording] = Army of shadows / Janus Films ; Rialto Pictures ; une restauration ; Studio Canal ; Archives françaises du film ; CNC ; Les Films Corona présentent ; produit par Jacques Dorfmann ; adaptation et réalisation de [adapted and directed by] Jean-Pierre Melville ; co-production Franco-Italienne Films Corona (Paris), Fono Roma (Rome).
[Irvington, NY] : Criterion Collection, c2007.
2 videodiscs (306 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in. + 1 guide (41 p. : col., ill. ; 19 cm.)
L'Armee des Ombres is a stark and unvarnished story about Resistance fighters in Vichy France in 1942-43 when the French leadership allowed the Nazis to occupy the country. The members of this army are cold, hungry, desperate men and women, with false names and no addresses, who can be betrayed in an instant by a traitor or an accident. They know they will probably die. A meditation on the nature of resistance and the price of courage, these heroes can save their own country only by cutting themselves apart from it. Entangled in the political turmoil engulfing France in the wake of May '68--as a result received poorly there--the film was not distributed in the US until 2006.