The Sorrow and the Pity (Le Chagrin et la PitiÃ©) (1972)
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Critic Reviews for The Sorrow and the Pity (Le Chagrin et la PitiÃ©)
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 PitiÃ©)
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 was a third grader when I first saw this film at my public school in Oregon. This is where I first learned of the working class communists and marquis who bravely fought against the German occupiers and the timidity of the French citizenry. This documentary is most useful is showing the power of propaganda and the dangers of group think. The misfits and deviants of France were its heroes.
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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