This Land Is Mine (1943)

This Land Is Mine




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Written by Dudley Nichols and directed by French expatriate director Jean Renoir, This Land is Mine is one of those "inspirational" wartime dramas that just don't hold up too well when seen today. The scene is an unnamed European country, recently overrun by the Nazis (this takes place during a "silent" opening sequence that's the best thing in the film). Charles Laughton plays Albert Lory, a mama's-boy schoolmaster who is the object of his students' ridicule. A craven coward, Lory is held … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Classics
Directed By:
Written By: Dudley Nichols
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On DVD: Jul 28, 1990
Franco London Films


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as Louise Martin

as George Lambert

as Major Von Keller

as Paul Martin

as Mrs. Emma Lory

as Prof. Sorel

as Mayor Henry Manville

as Prosecuting Attorney

as Julie Grant

as Edmund Lorraine

as Lt. Schwartz

as Little Man

as Mr. Lorraine

as Mrs. Lorraine

as German Captain

as Woman in Street

as Lieutenant

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as German Soldier

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as German Sergeant

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as Newsman

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as Printer

as Soldier Who Gets Sla...

as Mayor's Secretary

as Chief of Police

as Julian

as Burly Cop

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as Woman in Street

as Young Woman

as Old Woman

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as Paper Man in Street

as Woman at Window

as Photo Double

as Jury Foreman

as Bit in Courtroom
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Critic Reviews for This Land Is Mine

All Critics (8) | Top Critics (4)

Jean Renoir's 1943 film has its passionate defenders; the unfortunate thing, though, is that it needs them.

Full Review… | May 8, 2007
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

One of his quietest and least startling.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

It should have been stronger drama than it is. But for the points it does make and its concept of man as a continuing vessel for freedom's fire, it is certainly well worth seeing. It comes close, even if doesn't quite hit the mark.

Full Review… | March 25, 2006
New York Times
Top Critic

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

Fails to be as inspirational when viewed today as it probably was during its day.

Full Review… | August 22, 2007
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

It moves along like a well-oiled machine until the devestating final act ties all of the smaller stories together, making it's point without being overbearing or obvious.

Full Review… | December 30, 2006

Audience Reviews for This Land Is Mine

In "This Land Is Mine," lonely schoolteacher Albert(Charles Laughton, who is superb) finds there is something more frightening than his domineering mother(Una O'Connor) when the Nazis occupy his village. As usual, his students do not respect him, even though his fellow schoolteacher Louise(Maureen O'Hara), who he has a crush on, is kind to him but then she is engaged to George(George Sanders), the manager of the railyards where her brother Paul(Kent Smith) works. Regardless, Albert and Louise follow orders and tear out pages in the history books that do not correspond with the Nazis' narrow view of history. Major von Keller(Walter Slezak) just wants everything to be business as usual but then there is a suspicious accident at the railyards...

On the surface, there are certain similarities between "This Land Is Mine" and Jean Renoir's previous "Grand Illusion" about camaraderie between supposed enemies. In the six years between the films, the world had changed radically(not to mention the films are about different wars) and while the Nazis in "This Land Is Mine" might at first seem polite and urbane(von Keller certainly knows his Latin), the villagers should never view them as friends, as food shortages and censorship are only the beginning, much worse being hinted at. What Renoir has on his mind is not a recruitment film, but more a call to arms of sorts against tyranny of all shapes and sizes that displays more than one form of courage.(Ostensibly, the movie is set in France but it could be anywhere.) All of which is handled in a nuanced style and is well-filmed, especially its opening shot and two action sequences. While the movie might follow a familiar trajectory with a climactic speech, it is a perfectly eloquent speech.

Walter M.

Super Reviewer

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