Army of Shadows (L'Armée des ombres) Reviews

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January 18, 2007
One of the masterpieces of its era and its genre.
January 11, 2007
ARMY OF SHADOWS is a remarkable and superb film, and American audiences should be rejoicing that is finally (if belatedly) has reached theaters.
December 30, 2006
A fascinating picture of bureaucratic drudgery, even in the middle of war and occupation.
December 30, 2006
November 18, 2006
Unlike the romantic images of freedom fighters perpetuated by the popular media, Melville's movie is stripped of self-congratulatory hero worship and other puffery.
November 11, 2006
There is nothing more to say, except 'Go.'
October 20, 2006
Rare is the film that actually improves with time. Among that handful is the 1969 French thriller Army of Shadows.
October 20, 2006
Melville stages riveting set pieces, tense little nuggets of men striking in the dark and dealing out death.
October 7, 2006
It's a haunting and sublime work that offers a realistic but horrific account of the underground Resistance.
September 15, 2006
Place it squarely in the category of overlooked gems.
September 8, 2006
Its lack of sentimentality and melodrama is what elevates this thriller to another level.
August 25, 2006
Characterizations as thin as those in Army of Shadows would detract from most movies, but here, they give the movie strength. Melville's point is that the people themselves are not as important as their cause.
August 12, 2006
... more than lives up to its reputation.
August 12, 2006
... a riveting account of life among the French Resistance during World War II's Nazi occupation.
August 4, 2006
Watching it evokes a combination of pity for [the protagonists'] naive idealism and awe at Melville's uncanny brilliance.
August 1, 2006
The result is in many ways the height of Melville's splicings of daredevil, adventure-story heroics and exceedingly grim twists of fate.
August 1, 2006
Another masterpiece on Melville's resume.
July 21, 2006
Its moral is just as relevant today as it ever was during the resistance years -- that the only thing necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing.
July 14, 2006
It doesn't require a lot of dialog and action to create a mood; instead it fills the screen with tension and the constant threat of danger.
July 13, 2006
A painstaking study in courage and conviction under agonizing pressure.
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