Le cinéma français des années de guerre: Essential French Films of the Occupation Period (1983)by Clemmetarey | created - 10 Nov 2013 | updated - 10 Nov 2013 | Public
Here is a list of the "essential" French films of the Occupation period, from Raymond Chirat's book Le cinéma français des années de guerre.
The first part of the list are the films that have received lasting critical acclaim. The other titles listed in the second part are of lesser importance (according to Chirat) but were popular successes of that year.
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1. Comedy of Happiness (1940)
108 min | Comedy
Monsieur Jourdain is a dangerous madman : he wants to share his fortune! His relatives do what any sensible fellow on earth would do: they have him committed to a mental hospital. But ... See full summary »
2. Remorques (1941)
91 min | Action, Drama, Romance
Andre Laurent, the captain of a tugboat, married Yvonne ten years ago. She has a heart disease but does not want to tell him. She dreams he quits the job for they can live quietly.
3. Who Killed Santa Claus? (1941)
105 min | Comedy, Drama, Mystery
The story concerns an old globe-maker who is mysteriously killed while going through the town portraying Pere Noel ("Father Christmas" aka Santa Claus).
4. Strangers in the House (1942)
95 min | Crime, Drama
Hector Loursat, attorney at law, lives with his daughter Nicole in a vast and shabby mansion in this provincial town. They dont talk to each other much, somehow holding the other one ... See full synopsis »
6. Us Kids (1941)
90 min | Comedy, Drama
A student from an elementary school accidentally breaks the glass roof of his school. His comrades decide to support it by working during the summer holidays in order to pay for reconstruction.
7. Fantastic Night (1942)
103 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Romance
Denis is distracted: he's studying all day for philosophy exams and working all night at the flower market; plus, whenever he closes his eyes, he dreams of a mysterious woman in white. His ... See full summary »
9. The Phantom Baron (1943)
99 min | Drama
Elfy, Countess of Saint-Hélié's daughter, was brought up with her foster sister Anne, in an old dilapidated castle whose landlord, Baron Julius Carol, disappeared mysteriously some day. The... See full summary »
11. It Happened at the Inn (1943)
R | 96 min | Comedy, Drama, Mystery
In a french lost village an old woman is killed and her savings stolen. Several members of her family, all called:"Goupi-...", are suspected.
12. Lettres d'amour (1942)
Not Rated | 110 min | Drama
France, 1855. Zélie Fontaine, a twenty-odd-year-old widow and the post mistress of the small provincial town of Argenson, has accepted to receive love letters to Hortense de la Jacquerie, ... See full summary »
13. Lumière d'été (1943)
112 min | Drama
A shimmering glass hotel at the top of a remote Provençal mountain provides the setting for a tragicomic tapestry about an obsessive love pentangle, whose principals range from an artist to... See full summary »
15. Pontcarral, colonel d'empire (1942)
125 min | Drama
For 15 years after Waterloo, a baron refuses to accept the defeat. He reluctantly marries one of 2 Bourbon sisters but lands up dueling with the wife's former lover. Finally he gets a chance to prove himself again in battle.
16. Les Visiteurs du Soir (1942)
Not Rated | 115 min | Drama, Fantasy, Romance
In medieval France, the Devil intervenes when one of his two envoys, sent to seduce and deceive mortals, falls instead for a victim.
18. Angels of Sin (1943)
80 min | Drama
Anne-Marie joins a Dominican convent as a novice where she knows Therese. After shooting a man for which she was imprisoned, Therese protests her innocence reluctant to tell her secret.
19. Le ciel est à vous (1944)
105 min | Drama
The wife of a mechanic and former fighter pilot falls in love with the idea of flying herself. This soon becomes an obsession and she undertakes a lofty feat: the longest solo flight ever made by a woman.
20. Le Corbeau (1943)
Not Rated | 92 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery
French village doctor becomes target of poison-pen letters sent to village leaders, accusing him of affairs and practicing abortion.
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21. Douce (1943)
Not Rated | 90 min | Drama
In Paris in 1887, Irène works as a governess to Douce, the grand-daughter of the dowager Countess de Bonafé. Douce believes she is in love with Fabien, the handsome manager of the estate. ... See full summary »
26. Paris Frills (1945)
Approved | 111 min | Drama, Romance
Philippe Clarence, a famous Parisian dressmaker, seduces his friend's fiancee. But, for the 1st time in his life, this is for real. The film is also a sharp picture of the fashion world.
27. La fiancée des ténèbres (1945)
100 min | Drama, Fantasy, Mystery
Sylvie, a girl who believes she is cursed having seen her two lovers die in tragic circumstances, lives in the town of Carcassonne, in the South of France with her adoptive guardian, Mr. ... See full summary »
28. Sortilèges (1945)
85 min | Horror, Crime, Drama
The story begins with the murder of a horse trader, which sets free a black stallion that roams through the snow and the village terrifying the people as it gallops.
29. The Well-Digger's Daughter (1940)
Approved | 142 min | Comedy, Drama
A rural maiden's two suitors go off to war, leaving her pregnant.
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30. The Last One of the Six (1941)
90 min | Mystery, Thriller
Six friends promise to share their fortune in 5 years. The moment is very close, but one of the six is mysteriously murdered, then another... Superintendent Wenceslas Woroboyioetschik (aka ... See full summary »
33. Her First Affair (1941)
Approved | 91 min | Comedy
Micheline Chevassu is a young, naive woman living in an orphanage. Through classified ads, she has a date with an unknown man. She escapes from the orphanage to go to it, dreaming of the ... See full summary »
35. The Count of Monte Cristo (1943)
90 min | Adventure, Drama
Edmond Dantes is falsely accused by those jealous of his good fortune, and is sentenced to spend the rest of his life in the notorious island prison, Chateau d'If. While imprisoned, he ... See full summary »
37. Dernier atout (1942)
105 min | Crime, Drama
A man is shot In the hotel of an imaginary South American country. Clarence and Montès, two inspector students, must solve this murder, but they don't know that dead guy is the USA public enemy No.1.
40. Carnival of Sinners (1943)
Approved | 80 min | Fantasy, Horror
Roland Brissot bought for a nickel a talisman that gives him love, fame and wealth. The talisman is a cut left hand, and it works perfectly. But of course there is nothing free in this ... See full summary »
42. The Blue Veil (1942)
90 min | Drama
In 1914, in the first months of World War I, Louise Jarraud loses her husband, killed on the front. Shortly after, she gives birth to a baby, who soon dies. Devastated by this double ... See full summary »
43. L'aventure est au coin de la rue (1944)
98 min | Comedy
Pierre Trévoux is a preppy smug young man .His self-importance and his vanity get on his friends 'nerves,and they decide to teach him a lesson .
44. Le carrefour des enfants perdus (1944)
91 min | Drama
Troubled youth hope for a home they can create, in the south of France during the turbulent war years, that will not repeat the prison like bureaucracies that have previously confined them.
45. Premier de cordée (1944)
106 min | Adventure, Drama
Zian Servettaz is a dedicated mountain man. His Italian-born wife Bianca does not adjust well to his mountain village in France, and to the ever life-threatening dangers presented by his mountain guiding and climbing.
46. A Cage of Nightingales (1945)
89 min | Drama, Music
In France, in 1930, a supervisor of a boarding school for young offenders seeks to awaken the music by forming a choir, despite the skepticism of his boarding school director.