Lacombe Lucien

Lacombe Lucien

Director: Louis Malle

Cast: Louis Malle, Pierre Blaise, Aurore Clément, Holger Loewenadler

     
 
With a superb music score by Django Reinhardt, this is a Louis Malle film about the German occupation of France. Based on his own experiences in France during the occupation, Malle's film does not paint a pretty picture of the French Resistance and eventually he emigrated to America because of the critical reaction to this film.

Overview

With a superb music score by Django Reinhardt, this is a Louis Malle film about the German occupation of France. Based on his own experiences in France during the occupation, Malle's film does not paint a pretty picture of the French Resistance and eventually he emigrated to America because of the critical reaction to this film. Essentially the tale of a young boy who wants to join the Resistance but is shunned by them because of his youth, he joins the Gestapo. Unfortunately, he then falls in love with a young Jewish girl. Push comes to shove and he suddenly has the unsympathetic Resistance and the Gestapo hot on his trail. Not a pretty picture of either side.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Wheeler Winston Dixon
Louis Malle's drama Lacombe Lucien is one of the most effective films about the capitulation of France to the Nazis during World War II, and one of the most controversial. The film gets its title from the name of its protagonist, Lucien Lacombe (the name is given in reverse order in the title, as it would be in any alphabetical list of names, as a symbol of Lucien's willingness to submit to whatever regime is in power). When World War II breaks out and the Nazis invade France, Lucien first wants to sign up with the Resistance, but no one seems to want him; the Nazis, however, are eager to recruit him, and so Lucien signs up without a second thought. As far as Lucien is concerned, he simply wants to belong; it doesn't matter, really, which side he's on. His father is a prisoner in Germany, so that gives his superiors a hold on him, but none is really necessary; soon he's happily carrying out orders for the Vichy government, until he meets a young girl, France (Aurore Clément), whose father is a well-off Jewish tailor. Suddenly his life becomes more complex than simply the "fun and games" of war, and Lucien is forced to confront his lack of commitment to French society. Louis Malle's film was daring for its time for suggesting that not every member of the French public was a member of the Resistance; that indeed, many were willing accomplices to the Vichy government, and the sting of the film remains to this day. Shot on actual locales whenever possible in lush, saturated color, with a soundtrack by Django Reinhardt from jazz records of the period, Lacombe Lucien succeeds in bringing the viewer back to a time beyond authentic recall and confronting us with a simple question: what choice would we make in Lucien's position? The result is a disquieting, wholly compelling film, from one of the most original filmmakers in French cinema.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/28/2006
UPC:
0037429212424
Original Release:
1974
Rating:
R
Source:
Criterion
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Full Frame]
Time:
2:18:00
Sales rank:
8,057

Special Features

New, restored high-definition digital transfer; Original theatrical trailer; New and improved English subtitle translation; Plus: Pauline Kael's 1974 New Yorker review

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Pierre Blaise Lucien Lacombe
Aurore Clément France
Holger Loewenadler Albert Horn
Therese Giehse Bella Horn
Stephane Bouy Jean
Loumi Iacobesco Betty
Jacques Rispal M. Laborit
René Bouloc Faure
Jean Bousquet Peyssac, the schoolteacher
Pierre Decazes Aubert
Gilberte Rivet Lucien's mother
Jean Rougerie Tonin
Jacqueline Staup Lucienne

Technical Credits
Louis Malle Director,Producer,Screenwriter
Suzanne Baron Editor
Tonino Delli Colli Cinematographer
Corinne Jorry Costumes/Costume Designer
Patrick Modiano Screenwriter
Claude Nedjar Producer
Ghislain Uhry Asst. Director,Production Designer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Lacombe, Lucien
1. Opening Credits [5:41]
2. Unwanted Visitors [3:51]
3. Rabbit Hunt [8:04]
4. Caught After Curfew [6:04]
5. Collaborators' Refuge [6:22]
6. Joining the Police [1:48]
7. Lucien's First Suit [5:46]
8. A Real Pink Lady [7:44]
9. A Ruse to Arrest the Doctor [6:52]
10. Golf Pants [8:45]
11. Gift of Champagne [12:38]
12. "I've Come for Your Daughter" [7:53]
13. "I'm Tired of Being a Jew" [8:24]
14. Deadly Car Accident [4:53]
15. A Visit From Mother [7:27]
16. A Daughter and a Whore [4:33]
17. "A Jew Is a Rat" [8:19]
18. Ambushed [5:27]
19. Escaping the Police [4:21]
20. Hideout in the Country [4:34]
21. Moments of Peace [8:11]

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