The Sorrow and the Pity

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The Sorrow and the Pity

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The Sorrow and the Pity is a 1969 French historical documentary directed by Marcel Ophuls. It is set in France between 1940 and 1944, the period when the Vichy government was actively collaborating with Nazi Germany and the resistance movement was developing. The documentary mixes archival footage and news clippings with contemporary interviews with German officers, collaborators, and resistance fighters, as it explores the many possible reasons underlying the France/Nazi partnership. The film assesses a nation caught up in Hitler's anti-Semitic vision, ranging from individuals who casually betrayed their neighbors, to the bourgeois middle class who stood by and did nothing, to the many levels of politicians, some compromising out of fear, others demonstrating great courage. The film features key historical players and heads of the resistance movement, such as Pierre Mendes-France, who was jailed for anti-government activities and later became French Prime Minister; Georges Bidault, French Minister of Foreign Affairs; Maurice Buckmaster, special operative of the English underground; and Christian de la Maziere, a young French man who fought in Nazi uniform.moreless

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    Documentary

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    Foreign Language, History, Military & War