“A rare work of art that thrills the senses and the mind”
Based on Joseph Kessel's semi-autobiographical book of the same name, Army of Shadows is a tense thriller that follows a group of French resistance fighters in their gallant efforts aiding allied forces during the Nazi occupation of France. Like the author, director Jean-Pierre Melville was also in the French resistance and the film is in no doubt coloured by his experience.
On its initial release Army of Shadows was met with hostility for it's decidedly bleak and unromantic view of heroism. It wasn't until a reappraisal of the film in the 90s that it was finally viewed as a master work and a cornerstone in Melville's career.