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The Sorrow and the Pity

The Sorrow and the Pity

Newly Restored in HD!

From its first release at an underground theater in Paris, this account of France's occupation under Nazi regime has been acclaimed as one of the most moving and influential films ever made. Director Marcel Ophüls interviewed the residents of Clermont-Ferrand who remembered the occupation, as well as government officials, writers, farmers, artists, and German veterans. Here, in their own words, is the story of how ordinary citizens and leaders alike behaved under military siege. Originally refused by French TV, the film garnered international success and acclaim – including an Oscar nomination for Best Documentary – while shattering the myth of an undivided and universally resistant France under the Vichy government. A triumph of on-the-ground filmmaking, THE SORROW AND THE PITY remains gripping, appalling, and exhilarating for its transparent view upon humanity.

A selection of Marcel Ophüls' films can be found here.

"The film is so boldly conceived, richly textured and beautifully paced that its marathon running time feels more like a sprint." —The Guardian

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The Sorrow and the Pity
  • The Sorrow and the Pity - Part 1

    Directed by Marcel Ophüls • Documentary • With Pierre Mendès France, Robert Anthony Eden • 1971 • 133 minutes

    Newly Restored in HD! Part 1 of 2

    From its first release at an underground theater in Paris, this account of France's occupation under Nazi regime has been acclaimed as one of the most ...

  • The Sorrow and the Pity - Part 2

    Directed by Marcel Ophüls • Documentary • With Pierre Mendès France, Robert Anthony Eden • 1971 • 138 minutes

    Newly Restored in HD! Part 2 of 2

    From its first release at an underground theater in Paris, this account of France's occupation under Nazi regime has been acclaimed as one of the most ...

  • Marcel Ophuls and Jean-Luc Godard

    Directed by Frederic Choffat and Vincent Lowy • Documentary • With Marcel Ophuls, Jean-Luc Godard • 2010 • 44 minutes

    In 2009, in a small theater in Geneva, Switzerland, the film directors Marcel Ophuls and Jean-Luc Godard met for an unusual, surprisngly intimate and sometimes contentious dialog...