The Sorrow And The Pity: The Milestone Collection [DVD] (1969) *VERY RARE NEW*

The Sorrow And The Pity: The Milestone Collection [DVD] (1969) *VERY RARE NEW*


A chronicle of a French city under the occupation. Director Marcel Ophuls combined interviews and archival film footage to explore the reality of the French occupation in one small industrial city, Clermont-Ferrand. He spoke with resistance fighters, collaborators, spies, farmers, government officials, writers, artists and veterans. The result is a shattering portrait of how ordinary people actually conducted themselves under extraordinary circumstances. By turns gripping, horrifying, and inspiring, Academy Award nominee “The Sorrow and the Pity” is a triumph of humanist filmmaking and a testament to the power of cinema. Before “Shoah,” “Schindler’s List,” “The Long Way Home” and “The Last Days,” there was “The Sorrow and the Pity.”

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It's not fair to say that Marcel Ophüls "interviews" his subjects. He disarms them, then let's them tell their story, quite often a very ugly story, that they'd never admit to without a few glasses of wine in them. Marcel understands that this is one of those stories you'll only hear out of the mouths of the actual players. From Prime Ministers to farmers to German officers, everyone gets the treatment. With a handful of exceptions, the story is one of willful collaboration, and ... is it really fair to call shipping Jews to death camps "antisemitism"? Let's just say that all families have their secrets, and France's collective secret is that they embraced the Nazi's with vigor.

The Sorrow and the Pity
A black and white movie poster of a minimalistic newspaper-print eye with a single teardrop falling from it. A tilted swastika is in the pupil slightly off center as if a gleam of light. The text from top to bottom says: Enormous. THE SORROW AND THE PITY has exposed something everybody knew but was afraid to talk about. — Brad Darrach, Harpers Magazine Cinema 5 Presents The Sorrow and The Pity Directed by Marcel Ophuls

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French Le Chagrin et la Pitié
Directed by Marcel Ophüls
Produced by
  • Alain de Sedouy
  • André Harris
Written by
  • Marcel Ophüls
  • André Harris
Release date
  • 18 September 1969
Running time
251 min.
Country France, West Germany, Switzerland
Language French, German, and English

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Dimensions 5.3 × 1.0 × 7.3 in


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