No. 32: The Sorrow and the Pity
Ordinary life under extraordinary circumstances
1969, dir. Marcel Ophüls. Most people know it as a Woody Allen punchline, but Marcel Ophüls’ two-part documentary is far from the uber-depressing movie it was meant to be. Bravely debunking the self-serving myth—popular at the time of the film’s 1969 release—that all Frenchmen resisted the Nazis, Ophüls shows the same distant courtesy to heroes and scoundrels alike. The result is a deeply touching account of ordinary life under extraordinary circumstances.
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