The Sorrow and the Pity
Directed by Marcel Ophüls
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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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“A work of history that changed the course of history... its impact is exemplified in the opposition that it faced and ultimately overcame.”
“In its complexity, its humanity, its refusal to find easy solutions, one of the greatest documentaries ever made.”
“So boldly conceived, richly textured and beautifully paced that its marathon running time feels more like a sprint.”
“Changed the face of the documentary forever.”
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- Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
- Color: B&W
|American Cinematheque||Los Angeles||CA||1677387600February 26 - February 27, 2023|
|Cleveland Cinematheque||Cleveland||OH||1680926400April 8, 2023|
|Film Forum||New York||NY||1677214800February 24 - March 2, 2023|
|Nantucket Dreamland||Nantucket||MA||1680062400March 29 - April 5, 2023|
|New Plaza Cinema||New York||NY||1679803200March 26, 2023|
|Salt Lake Film Society||Salt Lake City||UT||1682222400April 23 - April 27, 2023|
|TIFF Bell Lightbox||Toronto||ON||1685851200June 4, 2023|