Marcel Ophuls – LE CHAGRIN ET LA PITIÉ/SORROW AND THE PITY – re-issued on dvd

Sorrow and the PityLE CHAGRIN ET LA PITIÉ/SORROW AND THE PITY (E) FRANCE 1969 OPHULS, MARCEL £19.99
Film combines interviews with archive footage to explore the reality of occupation of the industrial city Clermont-Ferrand by the Germans in World War Two.

Originally made for French television in 1969, documenting the Nazi occupation of France from 1940 to 1944.

The film uses propagandist newsreels and footage of Maurice Chevalier singing for the German troops, personal interviews with French Resistance fighters, former German officers, government officials, spies, war veterans and ordinary citizens.

Focusing 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.

In French with English subtitles

DVD available to buy at –

http://www.worldonlinecinema.com/Home/french-dvds

Some other films French DVDs set during the occupation of France in World War Two

L’ARMEE DU CRIME/ARMY OF CRIME (15) 2009 FRANCE GUEDIGUIAN, ROBERT DVD – £15.99
French World War II drama chronicling the famous 1944 ‘Red Poster’ case, in which a group of foreign partisans defied French apathy to form their own resistance against the Nazi occupation.
L’ARMEE DES OMBRES/ARMY OF SHADOWS (12) 1969 FRANCE MELVILLE, J.P. DVD – £17.99
Based on the Joseph Kessel novel the film is one of the greatest and the most authentic film portrayals of the French Resistance.
LES AMOURS SECRÈTES (12) 2010 FRANCE PHELIZON, FRANCK £12.99
A Jewish man, reflects on the Second World War through his sister’s diary written in 1942 in Nazi-occupied France.
AU REVOIR LES ENFANTS (PG) 1987 FRANCE MALLE, L. £19.99
Wartime drama set in a wintry catholic boarding school. The film probes the relationship between a young student and his reserved new Jewish classmate, who is hiding from the Germans.
BELLE ET SEBASTIAN (PG) 2013 FRANCE VANIER, NICOLAS £19.99
Adventure film set in the French Alps in 1943. Based on the Cécile Aubry’s novel about a young boy who befriends a dog. The film is an odyssey of a little boy searching for his mother, of an old man searching for his past, a Resistance fighter searching for love and a German officer searching for forgiveness.
BELLE ET SÉBASTIEN, L’AVENTURE CONTINUE /BELLE AND SEBASTIAN: THE ADVENTURE CONTINUES (PG) 2015 DUGUAY,CHRISTIAN £19.99
Family adventure sequel, World War Two has ended and the villagers in the French Alps are rejoicing, however 10-year-old Sébastien (Félix Bossuet) learns that his friend Angelina (Margaux Châtelier) has gone missing after a plane crash and he sets off on a dangerous quest to save her with his dog Belle.
LE CHANT DES MARIÉES /THE WEDDING SONG (15) 2008 FRANCE ALBO, KARIN U IN ARABIC & FRENCH DVD – £15.99
Drama set during World War Two, following two women who try to maintain their friendship under difficult circumstances. Nour and Myriam, an Arab and a Jew who have been best pals since childhood, find their lives in turmoil as the Nazis gain control over Tunis
LE CHAGRIN ET LA PITIÉ/SORROW AND THE PITY (E) FRANCE 1969 OPHULS, MARCEL DVD – £19.99
Film combines interviews with archive footage to explore the reality of occupation of the industrial city Clermont-Ferrand by the Germans in World War Two.
LE DERNIER MÉTRO/LAST METRO (PG) FRANCE 1980 TRUFFAUT, FRANCOIS DVD – £15.99
Depardieu and Deneuve in a wartime story of a theatre troupe whose Jewish director must stay hidden from the Gestapo.
DIPLOMATIE/DIPLOMACY (12) 2014 FRANCE SCHLÖNDORFF, V. £19.99
World War Two in occupied Paris and Adolf Hitler’s has ordered the destruction of many of the city’s famous landmarks. Swedish diplomat Raoul Nordling tries to stall the German action while waiting for the Allied forces to save the city.
ELLE S’APPELAIT SARAH/SARAH’S KEY (12) 2010 FRANCE PAQUET-BRENNER, GILLES DVD – £17.99
A Jewish girl’s story opens wounds from France’s wartime past. Living in Paris while her architect husband Bertrand (Frederic Pierrot) restores his family’s apartment block, writer Julia Jarmond (Kristin Scott Thomas) stumbles across the wartime history of the block’s original Jewish owners, who were arrested by the Vichy government as part of the notorious Vel’ d’Hiv Roundup of 1942 and forced to sell their property. As the story unfolds, Julia becomes increasingly haunted by the fate of ten-year-old Sarah Starzynski (Melusine Mayance), who, after being detained, escapes in a desperate attempt to return to the block where she has secretly hidden her younger brother.
ENFANTS DU PARADIS (PG) 1945 FRANCE B/W CARNE, MARCEL DVD – £19.99
Marcel Carne’s greatest work was made in German-occupied France during the 2nd World War. The story intertwines the fates of four men who love one woman in 1820s Paris. The central figure of the film, Garance, has also been likened to a symbol of a liberated France, a woman who will never be dominated.
LA FILLE DU PUISATIER/THE WELL-DIGGER’S DAUGHTER (PG) 2011 FRANCE AUTEUIL, DANIEL DVD – £19.99
Based on the Marcel Pagnol novel set in Provence during the First World War
INDIGÈNES/DAYS OF GLORY (12) 2006 FRANCE BOUCHAREB, R. DVD – £19.99
This award-winning film shows WWII through the eyes of four North African soldiers fighting for the French army during the German occupation.
LA GRANDE VADROUILLE (PG) 1966 FRANCE OURY, GERARD DVD – £15.99
French wartime comedy farce.
LAISSEZ PASSER (12) 2002 FRANCE BERTRAND TAVERNIER DVD – £19.99
Acclaimed true-life tale of French Resistance sympathisers working in the movies during World War Two.
LUCIE AUBRAC (15) 1997 FRANCE BERRI, CLAUDE DVD – £19.99
A beautiful romance in the Second World War, based on a true story, about a
woman trying to rescue her husband, a betrayed resistance member from prison. Only available in the Claude Berri DVD Collection (Jean de Florette, Manon des Sources, Germinal and Lucie Aubrac).
RÉSISTANCE : THE COMPLETE SERIES (12) 2015 FRANCE £24.99
Six-part French drama series set in Paris in 1940. 17-year-old Lili Franchet (Pauline Burlet) and her young friends band together to oppose the Nazi occupation by producing and distributing the underground ‘Resistance’ newspaper and freeing captive soldiers.
A SECRET (15) 2007 FRANCE MILLER,CLAUDE DVD – £19.99
Adaptation of Philippe Grimbert’s bestselling novel, this film is a compelling account of a 15-year- old boy who unearths a shocking family secret.Spanning half a century, the film’s multi-layered narrative revolves around a Jewish family torn asunder during the impending German occupation of France during World War II.
LE SILENCE DE LA MER (PG) 1949 FRANCE MELVILLE, J.P.
DVD – £19.99
Melville’s debut film is an adaptation of the novella by French resistance author Vercors, which was clandestinely written in 1942 during the Nazi occupation of France in WWII
UN CONDAMNÉ À MORT S’EST ÉCHAPPÉ OU LE/A MAN ESCAPED (U) 1966 FRANCE B/W BRESSON, ROBERT DVD – £19.99
Taut and exciting story of a daring escape by a French resistance leader in World War II
UN HÉROS TRÈS DISCRET/SELF MADE HERO (15) 1996 FRANCE AUDIARD, JACQUES £19.99
Comedy-drama set in the winter of 1944.
VICTOR YOUNG PEREZ/SURVIVING AUSCHWITZ (15) 2013 FRANCE OUANICHE, JACQUES £15.99
Biopic about the young Jewish Tunisian boxer ‘Young’ Perez (Brahim Asloum) who went on to become a world flyweight champion but was arrested in Paris in 1943 and sent to Auschwitz to serve as a slave labourer and box for the viewing pleasure of the SS.

ALL DVDS ARE IN THE ORIGINAL LANGUAGE WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES , UNLESS STATED OTHERWISE.

DVD available to buy at –

http://www.worldonlinecinema.com/Home/french-dvds

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