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Army of Crime [Blu-ray]
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This movie while highlighting the contibutions of the foreign immigrants in France to help fight against Nazism, helps put to rest the myth that all the French were part of the underground or actively working against the Nazi occupation.
In fact, the first year of occupation there was very little resistance activity - it only started in earnest after the invasion of the Soviet Union in June, 1941. In the beginning, a high percentage of the underground were communists who initiated this fight in solidarity with the Soviet Union.
IN this movie, the brave souls portrayed who were not born in France took up arms and fought - and died - to protect that country - even if it meant fighting against the French born collaborators. This fight eventually cost them their lives and their recognition for their services and sacrifices needs to be acknowledged - something this film does very well.
Army of Crime tells the story of this group. They all lived in the same Paris neighborhood. Missak Manouchian, an Armenian, a poet and an intellectual, a man who was first ready to die but not to kill, becomes their leader. He learns to kill very well. The group is made of Frenchmen, Italians, Poles, Armenians, Spaniards, Hungarians and Romanians. All are Communists. Many are Jews. Hours before his death, Manouchian wrote this passage in a letter to his wife:
"My dear Melinée, my beloved little orphan,
"In a few hours I will no longer be of this world. We are going to be executed today at 3:00. This is happening to me like an accident in my life; I don't believe it, but I nevertheless know that I will never see you again. What can I write you? Everything inside me is confused, yet clear at the same time.
"I joined the Army of Liberation as a volunteer, and I die within inches of victory and the final goal. I wish for happiness for all those who will survive and taste the sweetness of the freedom and peace of tomorrow. I'm sure that the French people, and all those who fight for freedom, will know how to honor our memory with dignity.Read more ›
- There are quite a few suspenseful scenes.
- The actors convincingly depict the courage and the fanaticism of French Resistance fighters in WWII
- It's inspired by true characters. The ending is factual but depressing.
In short, it's definitely worth watching. I borrowed it from the local library.
Love and Peace,
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Its a workmanlike film--goes through all the hoops for the genre, but just doesn't have the tension and empathy for the characters we need. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Decker
The story is about an Armenian Frenchman who joins the underground french resistance against the Nazis during the Nazi occupation of France
The actor Abcarian is an amazing... Read more
First it is not comparable to "Inglorious Bastards" as its box implies. It is a tragic story, true or untrue. Read morePublished on October 15, 2013 by De witte leeuw.
The partisans in this movie are so appealing and the French collaborators so despicable, that there are no shades of grey in this depiction of the armed resistance that the Nazis... Read morePublished on March 17, 2013 by Oliver Conant
Not a single review of this interesting French movie specifies if this movie has English subtitles. Oddly, not even the product information mentions this important fact. Read morePublished on August 10, 2012 by Paul Matthew Zellman
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