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This is an auction for THE SORROW & THE PITY by Max Ophuls.

The text and illustrations from the Marcel Ophuls Film. review:

“FIVE STARS!!! To most film viewers, this masterpiece of Marcel Ophuls is known by being continuously mentioned by Woody Allen and Diane Keaton in "Annie Hall". Yes, it is the long documentary film about the holocaust that they talk about. Marcel Ophuls, son of Max Ophuls, has created a poignant portrait of French society under the Nazis, and the relation to the most horrible crime in human history. He is not afraid to tell the truth: that the holocaust took place in France because French citizens allowed it to happen, and even collaborated in it. However, this film is not a simple minded accusation, but a thoughtful study about a society under pressure, and its struggle for survival. It is a depressing film: the viewer is constantly invited to consider what he would have done if he was living under such circumstances. It is an amazing film; thoughtful, intelligent, emotional. The opening of this film stirred quite a controversy in France, but nevertheless had led the way to fictional films about the Holocaust and the Occupation that were not afraid to portray the truth - Jean-Pierre Melville's THE ARMY OF SHADOW, Francois Truffaut's THE LAST METRO, among others.”

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Paperback 1975.

194 pages.

Photographs throghout.

Good condition.

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  • Seller location: Palmerston North, Manawatu, NZ

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