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65th San Sebastian Film Festival
22/30 September 2017 - #65ssiff

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Le chagrin et la pitié / THE SORROW AND THE PITY
It Happened Yesterday

From 1940 to 1944, the part of France administrated by the Vichy Government collaborated with Nazi Germany, thus leaving a controversial blotch on French history. Marcel Ophüls mixes archival footage with 1969 interviews with collaborators and resistance fighters from Clermont-Ferrand in the centre of France, and with the odd German officer. Also featured is Pierre Mendès-France, jailed for his anti-Vichy action and later France's Prime Minister, and Christian de la Mazière, one of the 7,000 French youths to fight on the eastern front wearing German uniforms.
MARCEL OPHÜLS Frankfurt, 1927. Son of Max Ophüls and of the actress Hilde Wall, his films have nothing in common with those produced by his father. He started out as an assistant and actor in Lola Montes (The Fall of Lola Montes, 1955), later directing a short, Matisse (1960), and a feature film, Peau de banane (Banana Peel, 1963), both with Jeanne Moreau, before subsequently turning to documentaries. He has made two outstanding works in this field: Le chagrin et la pitié (The Sorrow an the Pity, 1971) and Hotel Terminus (Hotel Terminus: The Life and Times of Klaus Barbie, 1988). He has also worked in television, in teaching and as a writer.
Marcel Ophüls
André Harris, Marcel Ophüls
André Gazut, Jürgen Thieme
Claude Vajda
Running Time
256 m.
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