Adapted from Joseph Kessel’s eponymous 1943 novel, Jean-Pierre Melville’s masterpiece completes his trilogy about the German Occupation of France and the Resistance after Le Silence de la mer and Léon Morin, prêtre. 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 honour in their battle against Hitler’s regime.
12 & 14 Dec
The screening on 12 Dec will be followed by a conversation between British biographer Patrick Marnham and French journalist Arnaud de la Grange, about War in the Shadows (Oneworld, 2019), Patrick Marnham’s latest book about resistance, deception and betrayal in occupied France, and by a book signing.
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Replay the introduction, ‘Simone Signoret, French icon and international star‘, by Dr Sarah Leahy, senior lecturer in Film Studies at the University of Newcastle and author of doctoral thesis on Simone Signoret and Brigitte Bardot: Femininities in 1950s French Cinema:
Get cheap film tickets with the 25 and Under Scheme at Ciné Lumière