Army of Shadows

Edition no. 385

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Licensor
Rialto Pictures
This masterpiece by Jean-Pierre Melville about the French Resistance went unreleased in the United States for thirty-seven years, until its triumphant theatrical debut in 2006. 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 conception of honor in their battle against Hitler’s regime.

Technical Specifications

Format: Blu-ray
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
Audio: French 1.0 PCM Mono , French 2.0 DTS-HD MA Surround
Subtitles: English
Region: A
Discs: 1 Disc |  BD-50
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Supplements

  • Audio commentary featuring film historian Ginette Vincendeau
  • Interviews with Pierre Lhomme and editor Françoise Bonnot
  • On-set footage and excerpts from archival interviews with director Jean-Pierre Melville, cast members, writer Joseph Kessel, and real-life Resistance fighters
  • Jean-Pierre Melville et “L’armée des ombres” (2005), a short program on the director and his film
  • Le journal de la Résistance (1944), a rare short documentary shot on the front lines during the final days of German-occupied France
  • Film restoration demonstration by Pierre Lhomme
  • Theatrical trailers
  • A booklet featuring new essays by critic Amy Taubin and historian Robert O. Paxton, as well as excerpts from Rui Nogueria’s Melville on Melville

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Release Credits

Producer: Michael Boland

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