Melville’s most personal film, rooted in his wartime experiences in the French Résistance, Army of Shadows is a hard, tense drama, depicting man’s capacity for both bravery and evil. In the winter of 1942 - 1943, as France exists under German occupation, an underground cell operates in the shadows. In the clandestine world of the Résistance, the freedom fighters work against their enemies under the constant risk of betrayal, ordinary men and women in an extraordinary situation. Suffused throughout with a mood of foreboding, the suspense, heightened with directorial mastery, reaches its peak as the Résistance attempt to free a prisoner from the Gestapo headquarters, in one of Melville’s trademark set-pieces of iconic action.
• Commentary by Melville expert Ginette Vincendeau
• Le Journal de la Resistance - 33 minute documentary
• Featurette: Melville, Film-Maker
• Featurette: Melville, Army of Shadows