Army of Shadows (L'Armée des ombres) Reviews

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August 17, 2007
As close to a masterpiece as any film you're likely to see this year.
May 17, 2007
April 25, 2007
A film to be seen and savored for its moral magnitude.
January 18, 2007
From the first sight of German soldiers goose-stepping past the Arc de Triomphe to a postscript that spells out the fate of characters whose moral confusion is all too real, Army of Shadows is a movie of its time -- and ours.
September 22, 2006
For anyone interested in the impact of war on ordinary men, Army of Shadows proves a sobering and invaluable experience.
September 21, 2006
This memorable movie movingly pays tribute to those who chose not to remain silent, to those ordinary men and women who chose to do extraordinary things... from the shadows.
February 14, 2019
The greatness of Army of Shadows comes from the way it is able to convey many of the cruel paradoxes of war. What is an intimate and messy affair for some ends up being a remote and tactical exercise for others.
January 12, 2011
"Jean-Pierre Melville cherishes paradox and free thinking," and both elements are on beautiful display in his masterpiece.
April 22, 2010
one of those blessed pictures in which all elements, from its writing through to its editing, coalesce into a work of profound philosophical and emotional unity
September 26, 2007
after falling out with the filmmaker on Le Deuxieme Souffle, Lino Ventura agreed to work with Melville again only on condition that they never speak directly to each other on set.
August 22, 2007
As bleak as it is compelling, it will leave you wondering if these freedom fighters haven't done more damage to each other than they have to the Nazi aggressors.
July 18, 2007
a film that tests your nerves and will, which is why it is such a fitting portrait of men and women risking their lives for a pursuit they may never live to see successful
May 16, 2007
May 15, 2007
a stunning, globetrotting spy masterpiece
May 12, 2007
It took decades for the film to be rediscovered, reassessed and proclaimed a masterpiece.
March 1, 2007
Rich in the elegance, assurance and quasi-formality that often define Melville's style.
February 15, 2007
The fascination comes in minute observation of the Resistance soldiers' mannerisms, demeanor and interaction.
February 2, 2007
It's hard to believe that Melville's 1969 masterpiece--one of the most accurate chronicles of the French Resistance--never got released in the US until 2006; Splendidly acted, this film draws on the helmer's own experience.
February 2, 2007
Although it has several suspenseful sequences, "Shadows" is not a spy thriller, precisely. It's much more along the lines of a melancholy mood piece...
January 19, 2007
A superb contribution from an A-class film-maker.
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