The Sorrow and the Pity (Le Chagrin et la Pitié) (1972)
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Critic Reviews for The Sorrow and the Pity (Le Chagrin et la Pitié)
It's valuable mainly as a brilliant assemblage of documents and testimonies.
The mosaic is comprehensive, the documentation overwhelming, particularly regarding the nature and extent of collaboration.
In its complexity, its humanity, its refusal to find easy solutions, this is one of the greatest documentaries ever made.
It soberly spotlights history -- impressively human, not pedantic, levels.
It remains the preeminent documentary about historical tragedy and one of the most exhilaratingly demanding experiences the movies have ever offered.
Audience Reviews for The Sorrow and the Pity (Le Chagrin et la Pitié)
8/20/16 Sundance Doc Club Again a documentary does what no studio film could. A detailed and carefully crafted story about occupation, collaboration and revenge this story told through extensive interviews interspersed with news reel film is so compelling that the 4 hour length flies by. This is an important part of WW ll history that can't be missed.
My library's copy was scratched so out of 4 hours and 9 minutes, I only got about 3 hours and 54 minutes. Whatever, it was a little disjointed, but fascinating.
I had always thought devotion to this movie was being made fun of in Annie Hall, until I saw it (and it takes a while to see it). The drama is amazing during the second half, with all you know about the characters from the first.
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