The Sorrow and The Pity Part 1

  • 1969
  • France
  • 2h
  • PG
  • Directed by: Marcel Ophuls

First half of Marcel Ophüls' remarkable four and half hour documentary about France during the German Occupation of World War II. Combining archival news, propaganda footage and detailed personal testimonies, it concentrates on the town of Clermont Ferrand, near Marshal Petain's Vichy headquarters, where Ophüls and co-producers André Harris and Alain de Sedouy interviewed a wide cross-section of citizens about their experiences between 1940 and 1944. The film demolishes the Gaullist myth that France was united in resisting the occupying forces, and one is shocked by the degree of collective amnesia towards the past. Unmissable.

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