The Sorrow and the Pity

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Facts and Figures

Run time: 251 mins

In Theaters: Saturday 25th March 1972

Distributed by: Cinema 5 Distributing

Reviews

Contactmusic.com: 3.5 / 5

Rotten Tomatoes: 100%
Fresh: 24

IMDB: 8.4 / 10

Cast & Crew

Director: Marcel Ophüls

Producer: Marcel Ophüls

Starring: Georges Bidault as Himself, Matthäus Bleibinger as Himself, Jacques Duclos as Himself, Anthony Eden as (also archive footage) (as Lord Avon), Pierre Mendès France as Himself - Former Prime Minister of France, Emmanuel d'Astier de La Vigerie as Himself - Founder of the Liberation Movement

The Sorrow and the Pity Movie Review


Marcel Ophüls' exhaustive documentary about the German occupation of France during WWII is so famous that Woody Allen even honors/ribs it in Annie Hall -- when he takes Diane Keaton's Annie to see the four-hour film on a date. On its own, The Sorrow and the Pity is probably the ultimate WWII documentary, though its ultimate point -- that many French people were quite tolerant and complacent during the occupation, hardly the vicious résistance that history has bestowed upon them -- tends to get lost in the extremely long and drawn-out 246-minute running time. However, for any history buff, this film is a must-see. (Try breaking it up into chunks.)

Aka Le Chagrin et la Pitié.


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