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Le Silence De La Mer

4

Jean-Pierre Melville's solidly cinematic and defiantly literary debut

Set in a provincial French village during the WW2 German occupation, Jean-Pierre Melville’s debut follows an elderly man and his niece, forced to share their home with a cultured Wehrmacht officer (Howard Vernon). But in an act of passive, symbolic resistance, the hosts refuse to speak to him.

Shot without official authorisation at the actual home of author Vercors, it’s both a solidly cinematic and defiantly literary work that prefigures the radicalism of the New Wave and the director’s own magnificent Army Of Shadows. Impressively informed extras.

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