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Aro Recommended Sorrow and the Pity, The


France / Germany / Switzerland 1969, 251 minutes, B/W
Dir. Marcel Ophuls
In French, German, English with English subtitles
Genres: Documentary / Controversy, War


Aroview: A Classic. Investigating life and death in the Occupied France city of Clermont-Ferrand during WWII, chiefly through interviews, this provides an unparalleled insight into the psychology of civilians in wartime – be they collaborators or resistors, neutral or committed. Immensely controversial in France (initially banned) for shattering the myths of the Resistance, the crossplay of the testimonies (which often contradict) is complex and engrossing, and more than worth the huge running time.

Adopt-a-Movie Kindly Adopted by Susan Cooke
NZ International Film Festival 2001

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  • English subtitles for the hearing impaired
  • 2-disc set

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