Realizzaz.:United States Information Services [P.: Norma Ratner, R.: Jerrold Krimsky, M.: Richard Banks]; Consulenza tecnica: HenriCartier-Bresson;Commento:Claude Roy;Mu.:Robert Lannoy; Dir. d’orchestra: Roger Désormière; Prod.: United States Information Services e Ministère Français des Prisonniers et Déportés 35mm. L.: 926 m D.: 34’. Bn.

T. it.: Italian title. T. int.: International title. T. alt.: Alternative title. Sog.: Story. Scen.: Screenplay. F.: Cinematography. M.: Editing. Scgf.: Set Design. Mus.: Music. Int.: Cast. Prod.: Production Company. L.: Length. D.: Running Time. f/s: Frames per second. Bn.: Black e White. Col.: Color. Da: Print source

Film Notes

The film presents one of the problems faced by the Allies following their victory against Nazi Germany: the country was overflowing with people who had been brought there against their will and that had to be repatriated. The United States Information Services, as usual, wasted no time: first of all they had to shoot a film to launch a clear message and catch the audience’s attention. They had no scruples in achieving this. They mixed current affair documents, whose meaning they had no qualms in overturning, with reconstructed news items and scenes shot as required. The result is at times irritating but never to the point of destroying the credibility of the question. This time they enlisted the services of three old French prisoners of war: Claude Roy, who wrote an extremely revealing commentary on the mood of the period, the musician Robert Lannoy and Henri Cartier-Bresson, whose personality dominates the whole work. He only shot the final sequence: the prisoner’s arrival at the gare d’Orsay, but his touch can be recognised in many other scenes, especially the ones that describe the atmosphere that reigned at the time between Russian and American soldiers.

Jean-Marie Buchet – Cinémathèque Royale de Belgique


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