October 18: La Guerre est finie

Thursday, October 18 | 8PM La Guerre est finie aka The War is Over France 1966 d. Alain Resnais with Yves Montand, Ingrid Thulin, Geneviève Bujold and Jean Bouise. In French with English subtitles. Black and white. 121 m

“The film’s depiction of a man maintaining faith in his ideals, despite the reality around him, makes this one of Resnais’ most satisfying films.”  Georges Sadoul

“The film, from a script by Jorge Semprun, is ambivalent and smooth and chic, with an overexposed semi-abstract sex scene between Diego and a pouting kitten (Geneviève Bujold) and anticipatory flash-forwards. The political material has been subjected to the French equivalent of Hollywoodization; it’s soaked in romantic defeatism, in existentialism used decoratively to make a hero of a numb, apathetic man.”  Pauline Kael


Links:  IMDB  Wikipedia

See Also:  Grand Prix (Frankenheimer, 1966), Nattlek aka Night Games (Zetterling, 1966), Le Voleur aka The Thief Of Paris (Malle, 1967), Les Routes du Sud aka Roads to the South (Losey, 1978)