The Sorrow and the Pity (1969)

09/18/1969 (DE) DocumentaryHistoryWar 4h 11m
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Chronicle of a French City under the Occupation


From 1940 to 1944, France's Vichy government collaborated with Nazi Germany. Marcel Ophüls mixes archival footage with 1969 interviews of a German officer and of collaborators and resistance fighters from Clermont-Ferrand. They comment on the nature, details and reasons for the collaboration, from anti-Semitism, xenophobia, and fear of Bolsheviks, to simple caution. Part one, "The Collapse," includes an extended interview with Pierre Mendès-France, jailed for anti-Vichy action and later France's Prime Minister. At the heart of part two, "The Choice," is an interview with Christian de la Mazière, one of 7,000 French youth to fight on the eastern front wearing German uniforms.

  1. Marcel Ophüls

    Director, Writer

  2. André Harris


Top Billed Cast

  1. Georges Bidault


  2. Matthäus Bleibinger


  3. Jacques Duclos


  4. Anthony Eden

    (also archive footage) (as Lord Avon)

  5. Pierre Mendès France

    Himself - Former Prime Minister of France

  6. Emmanuel d'Astier de La Vigerie

    Himself - Founder of the Liberation Movement

  7. Maurice Chevalier

    Maurice Chevalier


  8. Marcel Ophüls

    Marcel Ophüls

    Himself - Interviewer

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The Sorrow and the Pity

Original Title Le chagrin et la pitié

Status Released

Original Language French

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