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The Sorrow and the Pity

Directed by Marcel Ophüls

Release: 1969
Runtime: 259
Language: French w/ English subtitles

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From its first release at an underground theater in Paris, this account of France's occupation under Nazi regime has been acclaimed as one of the most moving and influential films ever made. Director Marcel Ophüls interviewed the residents of Clermont-Ferrand who remembered the occupation, as well as government officials, writers, farmers, artists, and German veterans. Here, in their own words, is the story of how ordinary citizens and leaders alike behaved under military siege. Originally refused by French TV, the film garnered international success and acclaim – including an Oscar nomination for Best Documentary – while shattering the myth of an undivided and universally resistant France under the Vichy government. A triumph of on-the-ground filmmaking, THE SORROW AND THE PITY remains gripping, appalling, and exhilarating for its transparent view upon humanity.

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  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Color: B&W


Venue City Date
American Cinematheque Los Angeles 1677387600February 26 - February 27, 2023
Cleveland Cinematheque Cleveland 1680926400April 8, 2023
Film Forum New York 1677214800February 24 - March 2, 2023
Nantucket Dreamland Nantucket 1680062400March 29 - April 5, 2023
New Plaza Cinema New York 1679803200March 26, 2023
Salt Lake Film Society Salt Lake City 1682222400April 23 - April 27, 2023
TIFF Lightbox Toronto 1685851200June 4, 2023