Lacombe, Lucien (1974)

Original Title : Lacombe Lucien
Director : Louis Malle
Writer : Louis Malle
Patrick Modiano
Genre : Drama
Country : France
Language : French
Producer : Louis Malle, Claude Nedjar
Photography : Tonino Delli Colli
Distributor : J. Arthur Rank Film Distributors, Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corporation, Criterion Collection, The, arte Video, Video Film Express
IMDB ID : 0071733
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Lacombe, Lucien (1974) - Louis Malle


¬Pierre Blaise Lucien Lacombe
¬Aurore Cl√©ment France Horn
¬Holger L√∂wenadler Albert Horn, the tailor
¬Therese Giehse Bella Horn
¬St√©phane Bouy Jean-Bernard
¬Loumi Iacobesco Betty Beaulieu
¬Ren√© Bouloc Faure
¬Pierre Decazes Aubert
¬Jean Rougerie Tonin, the chief of police
¬C√©cile Ricard Marie, the hotel maid
¬Jacqueline Staup Lucienne Chauvelot
¬Ave Ninchi Mme Georges
¬Pierre Saintons Hippolyte, the black collaborator
¬Gilberte Rivet Lucien's mother
¬Jacques Rispal M. Laborit, le propri√©taire
¬Jean Bousquet Peyssac, the schoolteacher
¬Franz Rudnick 
¬Jean-Louis Blum 
¬Claude Marcan 


A small town in the south-west of France, summer of 1944. Having failed to join the resistance, the 18 year old Lucien Lacombe, whose father is a prisoner in Germany and whose mother dates her employer, works for the German police. He then meets France Horn, the daughter of a rich jewish tailor.


I think this film was the one that really opened my eyes as to just how horrible life was in France under the German occupation and led to my great interest in almost any film depicting the era, or even better, newsreels.A young man develops the power of life or death over others by "accidentally" joining the Gestapo-even the French police are forced to defer to him. We see the casual brutality of the French Gestapo, the tell-tale denunciation letters, the deportation of Jews.An excellent portrait of how unpleasant everyday life could be under the occupation-a fascinatingly horrible historical period.