Le Silence de la Mer

TitleLe Silence de la Mer
Publication TypeFilm
Year of Publication1949
AuthorsMelville, Jean-Pierre
Running Time87 minutes
Date Released04/22/1949
DistributorPierre Braunberger
Publication LanguageFrench, German, English

Le Silence de la mer (English: The Silence of the Sea) is a 1949 film by Jean-Pierre Melville. Based on the 1942 book of the same name by Jean Bruller (published clandestinely under the pen name "Vercors"), this film explores how silence operated as a form of resistance in occupied France during World War II. The story, which takes place in 1941, concerns the relationship of a Frenchman (Jean-Marie Robain) and his niece (Nicole Stéphane) with a German lieutenant, Werner von Ebrennac (Howard Vernon), who occupies their house during the German occupation of France. The film has been described as an "anti-cinematographic" film due to the unique method of narration used to give voice to the (mostly) silent Frenchman and his niece. It was made shortly after Melville was demobilized from the French Resistance and is one of several films made by Melville on the Resistance, along with Léon Morin, prêtre (1961) and L'armée des ombres (1969).

Translated TitleThe Silence of the Sea
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