This Land is Mine

TitleThis Land is Mine
Publication TypeFilm
Year of Publication1943
AuthorsRenoir, Jean
Running Time1h 43min
Date Released05/07/1943
DistributorRKO Radio Pictures
CountryUnited States
Publication LanguageEnglish

This war propaganda film by director Jean Renoir offered American audiences a simplistic story of French resistance during World War II. In a Nazi-occupied European nation that appears similar to France, Albert Lory (Charles Laughton) is a meek schoolmaster who is dominated by both his students and his elderly mother, Emma (Una O'Connor). Though Albert is initially wary of efforts to oppose the invading soldiers, he changes his tune after he's falsely accused of murder. He begins to make rousing speeches against the Nazis and their collaborators, prompting Maj. Erich von Keller (Walter Slezak) to offer Albert a pardon if he aids the Nazi cause. The film is one of the more acclaimed of the war films of the era, releasing simultaneously in 72 theaters, and thus setting a record for gross receipts on an opening day.

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