The Sorrow and the Pity

Overview

Made for French television, Marcel Ophüls' four-hour-plus documentary explores the average French citizen's memories of the Nazi occupation. Just how large and effective was the fabled resistance movement? Is cooperation the same thing as collaboration? And how did one's up-close-and-personal experiences with the occupation troops impact one's postwar life? These questions are probingly posed but not all are answered by Ophüls, who also acts as offscreen interviewer. The first half of the film is a mosaic of ...
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Overview

Made for French television, Marcel Ophüls' four-hour-plus documentary explores the average French citizen's memories of the Nazi occupation. Just how large and effective was the fabled resistance movement? Is cooperation the same thing as collaboration? And how did one's up-close-and-personal experiences with the occupation troops impact one's postwar life? These questions are probingly posed but not all are answered by Ophüls, who also acts as offscreen interviewer. The first half of the film is a mosaic of sights and sounds from the years 1940-1944: Maurice Chevalier singing for the German troops, clips of propagandistic newsreels, appalling vignettes from the scurrilous anti-Semitic film drama Jew Suss 1940, and the like. Ophüls' interpretation of history as the "process of recollection, in things like choice, selective memory, rationalization" is fully illustrated in the film's long second half, which is devoted almost entirely to interviews, in which the subjects display emotions ranging from mild embarrassment to abrupt rage.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/28/2011
  • UPC: 784148007441
  • Original Release: 1971
  • Source: Milestone Video
  • Presentation: Subtitled
  • Language: Français
  • Time: 4:11:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 10,889

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Matheus Bleibinger Interviewee
Georges Bidault Interviewee
Pierre Mendès-France Participant
Anthony Eden Participant
Dr. Claude Levy Participant
Denis Rake Participant
Alexis Grave Participant
Louis Grave Participant
Maurice Chevalier Participant
Technical Credits
Marcel Ophüls Director, Producer, Screenwriter
André Harris Screenwriter
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Sorrow and the Pity: The Collapse
1. Part One: The Collapse [4:15]
2. Two Brothers [6:00]
3. The Arrival of the Germans [10:22]
4. A Changing Political Climate [10:23]
5. The Legion of Companions [11:22]
6. The Marshall's Visit; Discussing the French & British Navies [11:13]
7. Race Ideology [6:04]
8. Franco-German Economic Collaboration [7:52]
9. The Written Word [9:05]
10. On Trial For Desertion [8:19]
11. Work, Family & Nation [8:19]
12. The French Drama; Anti-Semitic Films [20:17]
13. The Resistance in Auvergne [5:03]
14. End Credits [2:57]
Disc #2 -- Sorrow and the Pity: The Choice
1. Part Two: The Choice [3:13]
2. Clermont Remembered [8:48]
3. Almost Too Nice [3:02]
4. The Resistance and Allied Forces [7:18]
5. The Various Levels of French Society [6:58]
6. The Early Resistance [9:15]
7. The Black Sheep [8:46]
8. The Issue of Communism [6:02]
9. De Gaulle and the Free French [10:47]
10. The Words of Laval; Anti-Semitism [17:00]
11. A Visit to Sigmaringen Castle [11:02]
12. Defeating Bolshevism [6:08]
13. Different States of Mind [5:28]
14. The Price of a Wig [8:39]
15. Judge & Jury [13:34]
16. End Credits [2:07]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Sorrow and the Pity: The Collapse
   Index
   Trailer
Disc #2 -- Sorrow and the Pity: The Choice
   Index
   Trailer
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