Sunday, June 04, 2006

Army of Shadows (1969)

Very good movie from director Jean-Pierre Melville. Usually movies set around the French Resistance in WWII feature plots to sabotage the Nazis. This one is vastly more existential and could take place in any era where a small group of people are fighting an underground war against an all-powerful government. This movie is about what it's like to constantly be looking over your shoulder, fleeing, eliminating traitors and other threats to the group's existence, knowing that your death is inevitable. Probably not particularly well-received in France when it was made.
Also, one of the grayest movies I've ever seen; this movie has virtually no color at all, and every scene is basically some variant of blue or gray.

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