Introduced by Sarah Rothenberg, artistic and general director, Da Camera

Set during World War II and based on the novel by Joseph Kessel, Army of Shadows follows Philippe (Lino Ventura), who is aided by Resistance compatriots—including mistress of disguise Mathilde (Simone Signoret). He goes underground in the face of the German Occupation but finds that the price of heroism can be truly horrific.

“Any moviegoers with a weakness for dry heroism, dark-toned humor, and storytelling of pantherish pace and grace—in short, lovers of cinema—should reach for their fedoras, turn up the collars of their coats, and sneak to this picture through a mist of rain. . . . You are in the hands of a master.” —New Yorker

“Approaches its pulse-quickening tale of life in the underground in the same exacting way Melville rendered so many stories of life in the underworld." —film critic Scott Foundas

About the Speaker
Pianist Sarah Rothenberg, artistic director of Da Camera for more than 20 years, has also been general director since 2011. She has a unique career as performer, writer, institution builder, concert curator, and creator of multidisciplinary performances that link music to literature and visual art.

• Read the Los Angeles Times review.
• Read an essay about the film (contains spoilers).
• Find out more about the Movies Houstonians Love series.

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Jean-Pierre Melville
French with English subtitles
Running Time
145 minutes
Digital, Color