Army of Shadows

Army of Shadows

Criterion Collection Edition #385

This masterpiece by Jean-Pierre Melville about the French Resistance went unreleased in the United States for thirty-seven years, until its triumphant theatrical debut in 2006. Atmospheric and gripping, ARMY OF SHADOWS is Melville’s most personal film, featuring Lino Ventura, Paul Meurisse, Jean-Pierre Cassel, and the incomparable Simone Signoret as intrepid underground fighters who must grapple with their conception of honor in their battle against Hitler’s regime.

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Army of Shadows
  • Army of Shadows

    Directed by Jean-Pierre Melville • 1969 • France
    Starring Lino Ventura, Paul Meurisse, Simone Signoret

    This masterpiece by Jean-Pierre Melville about the French Resistance went unreleased in the United States for thirty-seven years, until its triumphant theatrical debut in 2006. Atmospheric a...

Extras

  • Jean-Pierre Melville, Filmmaker

    This short television news segment from 1968 reports on director Jean-Pierre Melville’s production ARMY OF SHADOWS. It was produced for the show “Chroniques de France.”

  • Pierre Lhomme: Revisiting a Masterpiece

    This interview with ARMY OF SHADOWS director of photography Pierre Lhomme, who supervised the film’s restoration, was recorded in 2006, on the occasion of the U.S. premiere of the film.

  • ARMY OF SHADOWS: Restoration Demonstration

    The following is a restoration demonstration created in 2006 by ARMY OF SHADOWS director of photography Pierre Lhomme, along with a gallery of color tests from the film’s production, used later during the restoration process.

  • Françoise Bonnot: Editing with Melville

    Academy Award–winning editor Françoise Bonnot (Z, MISSING) recalls her familial friendship with Jean-Pierre Melville and their work together on ARMY OF SHADOWS in this interview, recorded in 2006.

  • “L'invité du dimanche”: Jean-Pierre Melville

    In March 1969, the French television program “L’invité du dimanche” dedicated an episode to Jean-Pierre Melville. This selection of excerpts from the show, hosted by François Chalais and Jacques Chancel and directed by Robert Crible, includes interviews with Melville and the film’s cast and crew ...

  • Melville et “L’armée des ombres”

    In this documentary, produced by Philippe Quinconneau for StudioCanal, editor Françoise Bonnot, actor Jean-Pierre Cassel, composer Éric Demarsan, writer and filmmaker Philippe Labro, cinematographer Pierre Lhomme, and filmmaker Bertrand Tavernier share insights and anecdotes about director Jean-P...

  • The Resistance: LE JOURNAL DE LA RÉSISTANCE

    Shot primarily by twelve French cameramen (led by filmmakers Jean Painlevé and Jean Grémillon), in August 1944, the 33-minute LE JOURNAL DE LA RÉSISTANCE captures the final French insurrection in German-occupied Paris, the surrender of the Germans, and the mass celebration in the streets. The fil...

  • The Resistance: Simone Signoret and Lucie Aubrac

    Lucie Aubrac, well known for her bravery and leadership as a member of the French Resistance, was a key inspiration for the character of Mathilde, brought to life in ARMY OF SHADOWS by Simone Signoret. In these excerpts from filmmaker Pierre Beuchot’s 1984 LIBÉRATION, LIBÉRATION: LE CINÉMA DE L’O...

  • The Resistance: “Ouvrez les guillemets”

    In these excerpts from an April 1973 episode of the French television series “Ouvrez les guillemets,” directed by Claude Barma, several former members of the French Resistance discuss their clandestine activities and their collaboration with General Charles de Gaulle and the British government in...

  • U.S. Theatrical Trailer