The Sorrow and the Pity (Blu-ray)

Directed by : Marcel Ophüls
Available Date : 05/09/2023
Release Year : 1969
Running Time : 259
UPC : 738329262532
Country : France, Switzerland, West Germany
Language: French w/ English subtitles
Genre : Documentary, War, History
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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.

Product Extras :

Marcel Ophuls Visual History (40 minutes, courtesy of Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, ©2017 A.M.P.A.S.)

Re-release trailer

Publish Date : 2023-04-11
  • Marcel Ophüls - Director
  • Alexis and Louise Grave - Actor
  • Pierre Mendès-France - Actor
  • Sir Anthony Eden - Actor
  • Georges Bidault - Actor


“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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