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La Guerre est Finie (1966)

Yves Montand , Ingrid Thulin , Alain Resnais  |  NR |  DVD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Yves Montand, Ingrid Thulin, Geneviève Bujold, Jean Dasté, Dominique Rozan
  • Directors: Alain Resnais
  • Writers: Jorge Semprún
  • Producers: Anatole Dauman, Catherine Winter, Gisèle Rebillon
  • Format: Black & White, NTSC
  • Language: French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Brandon Films Inc.
  • DVD Release Date: January 30, 2001
  • Run Time: 121 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000055ZB6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #187,226 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "La Guerre est Finie" on IMDb

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Editorial Reviews

For some soldiers, the war is never over... Legendary "New Wave" director Alain Resnais (Last Year at Marienbad) helms this emotionally-charged suspense-drama set in France and on the streets of fascist Spain, starring European film icon Yves Montand (Jean de Florette), a young Genevieve Bujold (Coma) in one of her first screen appearances, and the radiant Ingrid Thulin (Wild Strawberries). Montand is an aging revolutionary learning to accept that the fight for freedom should be passed to younger hands until a chance encounter with a student terrorist revives his militant passions, but catastrophe stalks Montand on his unswerving path to his last mission and a fateful choice.

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40 of 43 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Buy this DVD, but only if you love ultra-poetic cinema February 10, 2001
By TUCO H.
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
This is definitely one of the greatest films ever made and a true classic of the French New-Wave. Ultra-Subtle and layered within a deceptively simple surface naturalism is what this film is all about & no one should even bother watching for a conventional 'thriller' here, they'll have to dig deep beyond the dialogue to find it, and when they do, it'll only lead them down a whole lot of other paths they never bargained for requiring they bring even more to the film themselves for proper appreciation. In other words, the film is loaded with information but unfriendly and frustrating to the sleepwalking and comatose viewers. Still, it's a much more accessible film than 1963's awe-inspiring "Muriel": Resnais paces "La Guerre est Finie" in a more conventional-audience-friendly-way, not hitting them with too much surface-information at one time, letting the complexity of Semprun's seemingly simple scripted situations set up elegant little visual gestures that poetically open up deeper, unanticipated layers of perspective. If you can't pick those gestures up and appreciate their significance you'll miss maybe 60 to 70% of the film's value and impact which has little to do with politics. In fact, though Semprun was a Marxist, Resnais himself was never either on the political left or right, and wasn't trying to make a political statement, being too modest to think he had the experience or knowledge necessary to do so (which was a fortuitous hang-up, just look at most of Jean-Luc Godard's sub-mediocre, pretentious 'political' films of the late '60s and '70s). Read more ›
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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Fine DVD Edition of this Underappreciated Resnais Gem February 12, 2001
By A Customer
Format:DVD
Until now only poor video transfers of "La Guerre Est Finie" have been available, so I was very eager to see how this DVD transfer looked. Needless to say, the transfer is wonderful and exceeded my expectations. Although one will not mistake this Image Entertainment transfer for a Criterion release, the presentation of this film is better than the those of the other two Resnais films currently available on DVD (Last Year at Marienbad" and "Mon Oncle d'Amerique"). Image's releases have been inconsistent, yielding wonderful issues of "Othello" and "City Lights," while producing horrible editions of Eisenstein's films. Although this issue of "La Guerre Est Finie" offers no special features, special features are often overrated anyway--what counts is that the film is shown here in its original widescreen presentation with removable subtitles, the value of which some producers have not yet recognized (I am thinking of Fox Lorber). Resnais is a director whose work has been vastly underrated, so I can only hope that DVD issues of some of his ultrarare later films will follow this release of a rare early work. This DVD is highly recommended. Now how about producing DVD editions of "Life is a Bed of Roses" and "Smoking/No Smoking"?
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars No peace. April 9, 2002
By A Customer
Format:DVD
*La Guerre Est Finie* is about a Spanish revolutionary (Yves Montand) in his 3rd decade of agitating against Franco. For the nonce, he lives in France and has two mistresses. Ripe enough for you? Well, the movie was directed by Alain Resnais, a man who will never be confused with Ian Fleming. Therefore, don't expect an action flick or a spy spoof. Instead of shootouts, Resnais gives us the meticulous altering of passport photos. Instead of glamorous casinos, he shows the interior of a small garage of some guy's house and nondescript bedrooms. Instead of martinis, there's coffee. Instead of tuxedos, there's cardigans. You get the idea. But all the mundanities only serve to provide a depressingly realistic context for the movie's deeper themes, the main one being Time as destroyer. Time has certainly beat up Montand's Diego: his face is pock-marked and sagging. (It contrasts nicely to then-newcomer Genevieve Bujold's peppy little-girl face.) There's a grievous sense in *La Guerre Est Finie* that the world is running down, grinding to a halt, like Diego's comrades who keel over from coronaries. And when the clockwork finally breaks down someday, no one will be where they need to be. (Yes, Franco's dictatorship will even pass away, but too late for the characters in the story. Time destroys EVERYTHING.) This is one of the best films of the French New Wave by its best practitioner -- indispensable for movie lovers everywhere. Highest possible rating. The score, by the way, is one of the most beautiful ever put to film. [The DVD, by "Image Entertainment",[stink]s. The glories of Sacha Vierny's photography will remain obscured till this movie finally gets the Criterion Treatment (which it had better!). Yes yes, the movie is darkly composed, but not THIS darkly. No features, natch. Whatever. It's one of two Resnais films available on DVD, so I guess you'd better get it anyway.]
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars War Games August 11, 2005
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Throughout history anytime there is a war you will find the youth and elderly people see the world and its problems two different ways. According to the youth, elderly people have given up fighting the good fight. They have fallen through the cracks and have conformed to what society wants them to think and say. The youth, the elderly say, are dreamers. They are inexperienced and optimistic. They actually believe they can change the world with their ideas. I think that's what Alain Resnais' "La Guerre est finie" (aka "The War Is Over") is about. The clash between these two ideas.

Yves Montand plays Diego Mora a member of the Spanish Communist Party who now lives in France. His group is trying to stage a strike during the Spanish Civil War. On his way back to France, travelling under a false passport, since it is feared the police may know his true identity, he finds out about a partner, Juan (Jean-Francois Remi) who may be arrested as soon as he arrives in Madrid. Diego and his partners treat this information as business as usual. They sit down and discuss the situation, taking notes. Diego, who considers himself a professional revolutionary, says the most important trait to being one is patience.

Back home in France Diego has a girlfriend, Marianne (great Bergman actress Ingrid Thulin). She yearns for a "normal" life. She wants to have a baby with Diego. She evens says she is willing to move to Spain, just to be with him. But she can sense, just as we can, Diego doesn't want a family. To a man like Diego his work is his first priority. A family would just get in his way.

While in France Diego meets a group a young radicals who are on the side on the Communist, headed by Nadine (Genevieve Bujold).
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5.0 out of 5 stars I didn't want it to end!
A stunning example of contained tension, Alain Resnais's 1967 thriller `La Guerre est Finie' (translated `The War is Over') is a tremendous tour-de-force that will captivate you... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Andrew Ellington
4.0 out of 5 stars A Wonderful lesser known Resnais work
Alain Resnais - most famous for his early French New Wave film Hiroshima Mon Amour (1966) and the impenetrable masterpiece Last Year at Marienbad (1961) -- also has the ability to... Read more
Published on August 15, 2010 by Mithridates VI of Pontus
4.0 out of 5 stars The war that was . . .
This classic French film from the mid-1960s tells a thoughtful story of a man who has given his life to a political enterprise that he now questions. Read more
Published on August 23, 2008 by Ronald Scheer
4.0 out of 5 stars THE WAR CONTINUES
At first glance the story line in this French film, sub-titled in English, set in the mid-1960's about the trials, tribulations, frustrations and sexual adventures (this is a... Read more
Published on April 1, 2007 by Alfred Johnson
1.0 out of 5 stars Perhaps the worst movie ever
I am thrilled that a DVD version of this nightmare has been released. After 36 long years I am able to show my friends what I have so often argued is the most horrible example of... Read more
Published on September 6, 2002 by Robert J. Morris
3.0 out of 5 stars But who won?
It seems odd to have to explain who Alain Resnais is, or his significance in the history of cinema. At the peak of his reputation, when "La Guerre est Finie" was made, he... Read more
Published on January 5, 2002 by Charles S. Tashiro
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