'Army of Shadows'
This absolutely stunning film about the French Resistance has, incredibly, never before been distributed in the U.S.
Directed by Jean-Pierre Melville with all the clenched drama of his better-known gangster flicks, Army of Shadows
darts from concentration-camp breakouts to clandestine trips across the English Channel in a submarine
, taking queasy detours into the extremes of movement discipline and the ordeal of parachuting into Vichy France. It's the most righteously complex
movie about the Resistance I've ever seen. (Harvard Exit, see Movie Times, page 95, for more info