The Cross of Lorraine

Overview

The time is World War II. A group of disillusioned French soldiers are approached by Nazi troops and promised safe passage to their homeland. The Frenchmen willingly surrender, only to discover that their next destination is a German concentration camp located near a Gallic village. The anticipated escape attempt results in an uprising from the French villagers--hence the film's title, which refers to the emblem of the Free-French underground. Cross of Lorraine compensates for its Hollywood's-eye view of France ...
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Overview

The time is World War II. A group of disillusioned French soldiers are approached by Nazi troops and promised safe passage to their homeland. The Frenchmen willingly surrender, only to discover that their next destination is a German concentration camp located near a Gallic village. The anticipated escape attempt results in an uprising from the French villagers--hence the film's title, which refers to the emblem of the Free-French underground. Cross of Lorraine compensates for its Hollywood's-eye view of France no more realistic than the Paris of the Ernst Lubitsch musicals with some remarkably graphic sequences showing the extent of German brutality. The melting-pot cast includes Frenchman Jean-Pierre Aumont as a patriot, Hungarian Peter Lorre as a hateful Nazi, American Gene Kelly as a cynical victim of German torture, and Canadian Hume Cronyn as the traditionally rodent-like informer.
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Although it's clearly a propaganda film and, partially as a result of this, goes a bit over the top at the end, The Cross of Lorraine is still an engrossing war-time picture. It's also for the time a surprisingly graphic one, with more violence and brutality than one expects of 1943, even for a film set in a war-torn country. The screenplay does have its problems: the aforementioned ending is simplistic and unrealistic, even when you find yourself cheering for it, and many will find it hard to believe that the soldiers fall for the Germans' promises of good treatment. But it also features some striking dialogue, and its melodrama captures the harsh realities of prison camp life in a forceful, powerful manner. Although the variety of accents among what are supposed to be French soldiers is distracting, the performers nonetheless are solid. Gene Kelly goes a bit overboard on occasion, but on the whole is good, and Jean-Pierre Aumont is very believable throughout. Pete Lorre's horrible German is just the kind of villain needed, and Hume Cronyn is appropriately cowardly and opportunistic. Tay Garnett films with precision, mixing honesty in with the melodrama to enhance dramatic high points.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/17/2012
  • UPC: 883316582299
  • Original Release: 1943
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  • Source: Warner Archives
  • Region Code: 0
  • Presentation: Full Frame
  • Time: 1:30:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 44,188

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jean-Pierre Aumont Paul
Gene Kelly Victor La Biche
Cedric Hardwicke Father Sebastian
Richard Whorf Francois
Joseph Calleia Rodriguez
Peter Lorre Sgt. Berger
Hume Cronyn Duval
Billy Roy Louis
Tonio Selwart Maj. Bruhl
Jack Lambert Jacques
Wallace Ford Pierre
Donald Curtis Marcel
Jack Edwards Rene
Richard Ryen Lt. Schmidt
Frederick Giermann Corp. Daxer
Dick Ryan Lt. Schmidt
Felix Basch
Emma Dunn
Technical Credits
Tay Garnett Director
Robert Aisner Original Story
Robert Hardy Andrews Screenwriter
Daniel B. Cathcart Art Director
Jack Dawn Makeup
Alexander Esway Screenwriter
Cedric Gibbons Art Director
Michael Kanin Screenwriter
Bronislau Kaper Score Composer
Edwin H. Knopf Producer
Ring Lardner Jr. Screenwriter
Dan Milner Editor
Warren Newcombe Special Effects
Gile Steele Costumes/Costume Designer
Sidney Wagner Cinematographer
Edwin B. Willis Set Decoration/Design
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