Le chagrin et la pitié / The Sorrow and the Pity

TitleLe chagrin et la pitié / The Sorrow and the Pity
Publication TypeFilm
Year of Publication1969
AuthorsOphüls, Marcel
Running Time4h 11min
Date Released03/18/1969
Publication LanguageFrench

From 1940 to 1944, France's Vichy government collaborated with Nazi Germany. Marcel Ophüls mixes archival footage with 1969 interviews of a German officer and of collaborators and resistance fighters from Clermont-Ferrand. They comment on the nature, details and reasons for the collaboration, from anti-Semitism, xenophobia, and fear of Bolsheviks, to simple caution. Part one, "The Collapse," includes an extended interview with Pierre Mendès-France (1907-1982), jailed for anti-Vichy action and later France's Prime Minister. At the heart of part two, "The Choice," is an interview with Christian de la Mazière (1922-2006), one of 7,000 French youth to fight on the eastern front wearing German uniforms.

Alternate TitleLe chagrin et la pitié: chronique d'une ville française sous l'Occupation
Original PublicationLe chagrin et la pitié
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