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Sorrow and the Pity, The

Synopsis
Documentary whcih covers the period between 1940 and 1944 during which France’s Vichy government collaborated with Nazi Germany. Includes archive footage, interviews from 1969 with a German officer and with collaborators and resistance fighters who comment on the nature, details and reasons for the collaboration, from anti-Semitism, xenophobia, and fear of Bolsheviks, to simple caution. Part one, ‘The Collapse’, includes an extended interview with Pierre Mendès-France, jailed for anti-Vichy action and later France’s Prime Minister. At the heart of part two, ‘The Choice’, is an interview with René de Chambrun, one of 7,000 French youths to fight on the eastern front wearing German uniforms. DVD extras for the edition released by Arrow in June 2017 include:
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.
Language
German (Standard)
Country
Germany
Year of release
2017
Year of production
1969
Notes
Blu-Ray edition also available
Subjects
French studies; History; Politics & government
Keywords
French Resistance; Nazi Germany; Vichy France; French collaboration

Distribution Formats

Type
DVD
Format
Region 2 PAL
Price
£15.99
Availability
Sale
Duration/Size
260 minutes
Year
2017

Production Company

Name

Norddeutscher Rundfunk (NDR)

Notes
From 1945 to January 1956, the NDR was part of the Nordwestdeutsche Rundfunk (NWDR).

Distributor

Name

Arrow Film Distributors Ltd

Web
http://www.arrowfilms.co.uk External site opens in new window
Phone
01923 858306
Fax
01923 859673
Address
18 Watford Road
Radlett
Herts
WD7 8LE
Notes
contact: Neil Agran
 

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