Carve Her Name with Pride

Overview

The true story of Violette Szabo, a heroine of the Second World War for her espionage activities on behalf of the British government. Born Violette Bushell (Virginia McKenna) to a French mother and an English father, she chances to meet Etienne Szabo (Alain Saury), a French officer, whom she later marries. They have a child, Tania, but Etienne is fatally wounded in the Battle of El Alamein. Violette is already contributing to the war effort at home, but soon discovers that her bi-lingual skills make her a ...
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Overview

The true story of Violette Szabo, a heroine of the Second World War for her espionage activities on behalf of the British government. Born Violette Bushell (Virginia McKenna) to a French mother and an English father, she chances to meet Etienne Szabo (Alain Saury), a French officer, whom she later marries. They have a child, Tania, but Etienne is fatally wounded in the Battle of El Alamein. Violette is already contributing to the war effort at home, but soon discovers that her bi-lingual skills make her a potentially valuable member of England's Special Operations Executive, the country's wartime overseas espionage unit. She agrees to join and, after extensive training, is sent into France in the spring of 1944, on a mission to salvage a resistance unit in Rouen area. Szabo completes that mission successfully and returns home, intending to resume her life as a mother raising her daughter -- but she is offered a second mission in France, immediately after the Normandy landings, and accepts, with tragic consequences.
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Special Features

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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Bruce Eder
Adapted from R. J. Minney's book of the same name, Carve Her Name With Pride is a suitably low-key, very serious retelling of a true story from World War II. It's also a bit on the low-budget side, which is as it should be, as it is really an actor's movie, in this case carried almost entirely by Virginia McKenna with some help from Jack Warner and Paul Scofield. Given the tragic nature of the outcome, it's difficult for the movie to ignore a certain dourness in tone, but within those limits, the film is an engaging character study by the actress, who brings some of the complexities to Szabo's situation -- working on behalf of the government, and unable to tell anyone, including her own family -- to vivid life. The flat, black-and-white film gives some of the scenes the appearance of documentary-style verisimilitude. For fans of director Lewis Gilbert's output, this movie is closer in spirit to his The Sea Shall Not Have Them (1954), Reach For The Sky (1956) or Sink The Bismarck (1960) (the latter two also based on true stories from World War II) than to his better-known, much flashier work on You Only Live Twice (1967), The Spy Who Loved Me (1977), and Moonraker (1979).
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/14/2012
  • UPC: 089859868221
  • Original Release: 1958
  • Source: Vci Video
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Vistavision (1.66:1)
  • Presentation: Black & White / Wide Screen
  • Sound: Dolby Digital Mono
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:59:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 40,742

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Virginia McKenna Violette Szabo
Paul Scofield Tony Fraser
Jack Warner Mr. Bushell
Denise Grey Mrs. Bushell
Alain Saury Etienne Szabo
Maurice Ronet Jacques
Anne Leon Lillian Rolfe
Sydney Tafler Potter
Avice Landone Vera Atkins
Nicole Stephane Denise Bloch
Noel Willman Interrogator
Bill Owen N.C.O. Instructor
Billie Whitelaw Winnie
William Mervyn Col. Buckmaster
Harold Lang Commandant Suhren
Michael Caine Extra
Michael Goodliffe Coding Expert
Andre Maranne Garage Man
Technical Credits
Lewis Gilbert Director, Screenwriter
William Alwyn Score Composer
Daniel M. Angel Producer
Lionel Banes Special Effects
Phyllis Dalton Costumes/Costume Designer
Vernon Gilbert Harris Screenwriter
Bob Lawrence Makeup
Gordon K. McCallum Sound/Sound Designer
Bernard Robinson Art Director
John Shirley Editor
C.C. Stevens Sound/Sound Designer
Bill Warrington Special Effects
John Wilcox Cinematographer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Carve Her Name with Pride
1. Chapter 1 [8:43]
2. Chapter 2 [8:39]
3. Chapter 3 [9:08]
4. Chapter 4 [8:40]
5. Chapter 5 [13:13]
6. Chapter 6 [13:31]
7. Chapter 7 [14:16]
8. Chapter 8 [8:54]
9. Chapter 9 [9:46]
10. Chapter 10 [11:40]
11. Chapter 11 [6:42]
12. Chapter 12 [:47]
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