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L'oeil de Vichy (1993)

Not Rated | | Documentary, War | 10 March 1993 (France)
This movie is only made of archive pictures: the official newsreels that were broadcasted on French movie screens during 1940 and 1944 (the Occupation). Those newsreels were controlled by ... See full summary »

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Claude Chabrol
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Michel Bouquet ... Narrator / Récitant (voice)
Brian Cox ... Narrator (English version) (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Maquisard Alfonso Maquisard Alfonso ... Himself (archive footage)
General Bergeret General Bergeret ... Himself (archive footage)
Jean Bichelonne Jean Bichelonne ... Himself (archive footage)
Maquisard Boczov Maquisard Boczov ... Himself (archive footage)
Pierre Boisson Pierre Boisson ... Himself (archive footage)
Abel Bonnard Abel Bonnard ... Himself (archive footage)
René Bousquet René Bousquet ... Himself (archive footage)
Amédée Bussière Amédée Bussière ... Himself (archive footage)
Préfet Carle Préfet Carle ... Himself (archive footage)
Procureur Cassaigneau Procureur Cassaigneau ... Himself (archive footage)
Marcel Cerdan ... Himself (archive footage)
François Darlan François Darlan ... Himself (archive footage)
Joseph Darnand Joseph Darnand ... Himself (archive footage)
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This movie is only made of archive pictures: the official newsreels that were broadcasted on French movie screens during 1940 and 1944 (the Occupation). Those newsreels were controlled by the government of Vichy, which collaborated with the Nazis, so most of them are propaganda. Their purpose is to show what the disinformation was then, and perhaps more generally to evoke the problem of the power of the mass media. Written by Yepok

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Documentary | War

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Not Rated
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Country:

France

Language:

French | German

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10 March 1993 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

The Eyes of Vichy See more »

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Mono
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When the film was first released in 1993, Claude Chabrol came under fire from some critics who chastised him for not showing more of what was really going on. By limiting the film's visual content to Vichy propaganda, he risked playing into the hands of France's present extreme rightwing political parties, particularly as some of what is seen in the documentary seems to echo the sentiment of Jean-Marie Le Pen's Front National. See more »

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Features Forces occultes (1943) See more »

Soundtracks

La Chanson du Maçon
Music by Henri Betti
Lyrics by Maurice Chevalier and Maurice Vandair
Performed by Maurice Chevalier
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How the war was portrayed to those under German occupation
14 July 2008 | by dbborroughsSee all my reviews

Claude Lelouch weaves together Vichy and German newsreels to paint a portrait of how they wanted to portray the war to those under occupation.

Interesting look at how the Vichy government presented itself and the war to the people it was ruling over. More a footnote film rather than a full meal it moves along at a good clip and never gets boring. The film assumes you have some knowledge of the war since the narration of Brian Cox (in the English version) is geared to briefly putting what you are seeing in context of dates not for telling you anything particularly deep. The film is the march of the war across the movie screens of France, the deeper implications of what we are seeing is left for the passage of time and the viewer to fill in, we know how different things are because history has told us what really was going on. Some of the best bits are some weirdly chilling moments as the news reel narration is placed by Resistance broadcasts. In those moments time shifts and we are truly back in France during the Occupation. If there is any real flaw it's that we never see anything complete we see only clips. It would have been nice to see one complete newsreel so that we got a feel for how the news was presented.

Recommended for those with an interest in how the war was seen by a conquered people.


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