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L'oeil de Vichy (1993)

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 Marcel Cerdan ... Himself (archive footage)
François Darlan François Darlan ... Himself (archive footage)
Joseph Darnand Joseph Darnand ... Himself (archive footage)
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Storyline

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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Genres:

Documentary | War

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Country:

France

Language:

French | German

Release Date:

10 March 1993 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

The Eye of Vichy See more »

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Sound Mix:

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 Le destin fabuleux de Désirée Clary (1942) See more »

Soundtracks

La Chanson du Maçon
Music by Henri Betti
Lyrics by Maurice Chevalier and Maurice Vandair
Orchestrated by Marcel Cariven
Performed by Maurice Chevalier
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Honest look at a shameful past....
19 October 2000 | by ChrisGarritySee all my reviews

French documentary charting Marshall Petain's shameful administration in France during the Second World War.

Excellent documentary, especially if you are studying this period. In French.


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