Le silence de la mer

Le silence de la mer

DVD - 2015 | French
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An idealistic, naive German officer is assigned to the home of a middle-aged man and his grown niece; their response to his presence, their only form of resistance is complete silence.
Publisher: [New York, NY] : The Criterion Collection, [2015]
ISBN: 9781604659870
Branch Call Number: DVD FRE/ENG SILENCE
Characteristics: 2 videodiscs (87 min.) : sound, black and white ; 4 3/4 in
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Mar 11, 2019

A very understated tale of WWII resistance and it's cultural overtones. Unlike some people, I prefer Melville's war movies more than his critically acclaimed (but still fine) gangster epics.
Another fine restoration of the 1948 film by Criterion.

Feb 10, 2016

Quite frankly I found this to be disappointing- now I realize why Melville stuck to genre films- because he couldn't make an art film to save his life!

Dec 22, 2015

This is a war-time drama based on the novel by Jean Marcel Bruller, originally released as a motion picture in 1949.
The novel was published under the pseudonym "Vercors" secretly in Nazi-occupied Paris and stood for a symbol of mental resistance against German occupiers.
The old man and his niece show resistance against the German officer by remaining silent.
The German officer is a former composer, dreaming of brotherhood between the French and German nations, deluded by the Nazi propaganda of that period.
He is disillusioned, however, when he realizes the real goal of the German army is not to build but to ruin and to exploit.
He then chooses to leave France to fight on the Eastern Front, cryptically declaring he is off to Hell.
Although it is more like a play than a movie, the film is quite gripping and emotionally powerful.

Aug 11, 2015

This 1949 film was Jean-Pierre Melville’s first full length feature and is based upon a 1942 underground novel of the German occupation of France. A Frenchman and his niece were forced to house a German officer during the occupation, but they refuse to look him in the eye or ever say a word to him during months and months of occupation. Nightly, the officer prattles on about how he loves the French and when France and Germany are united after the war, everything will be so great. The landlord and niece show not one whit of interest or belief that they even hear anything from his mouth. The acting and camera shots are just fantastic to pull this off.


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