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The Eye of Vichy
The Eye of Vichy
Actors: Michel Bouquet, Brian Cox, Charles Huntziger, Pierre Laval, Erwin Rommel
Genres: Indie & Art House, Educational, Documentary, Military & War
NR     2003     1hr 50min

French New Wave founder Claude Chabrol (Merci Pour Le Chocolat, La Cérémonie) creates a masterful look at the Nazis' media manipulation, which is as engrossing as any of his thrillers. Chabrol assembles a brilliant compila...  more »


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Actors: Michel Bouquet, Brian Cox, Charles Huntziger, Pierre Laval, Erwin Rommel
Genres: Indie & Art House, Educational, Documentary, Military & War
Sub-Genres: Indie & Art House, Educational, World War II, Military & War
Studio: First Run Features
Format: DVD - Black and White
DVD Release Date: 01/21/2003
Original Release Date: 01/01/1993
Theatrical Release Date: 01/01/1993
Release Year: 2003
Run Time: 1hr 50min
Screens: Black and White
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 9
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English, French

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Movie Reviews

I was there
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I was only 7 years old when the Germans occupied my city in 1940, but I remember many of the events depicted in this documentary. This film is great, especially for those interested in the history of France during the war years, and a reminder of what it was like for those who were there."
Insight into fascist politics.
D. Diebel | Fair Oaks, Ca. USA | 07/26/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Anyone interested in the history and development of fascist and national socialism should watch this film. It presents various aspects of the fascist ideology on class, culture, "nation," and of course shows the prevasive anti-Semitism, anti-Bolshevism and racism of fascism.
The Vichy fascists used anti-communism and anti-Semitism to play upon the fears of its middle class supporters in order to consolidate its position. It viewed its nation-selling to the Germans as a "holy war" against Jews, America and communism.
Also presented in this film is the politics of the radical right-wing fascist politician Jacques Doriot, the role of the French LVF "volunteers" in the axis front lines against the Red Army, and the campaigns encouraging youth to "volunteer" to work in the Nazis munitions factories. The patriotic partisans are portrayed as traitorous "terrorists" against the conservative Vichy government."
German and its French ally's propaganda against the Allies
(4 out of 5 stars)

"I saw this film for extra credit for a college French class. It was wonderful to see so much old news footage and speeches from the 1940s in Europe. It was interesting to see how successfully the Nazis and their French collaborators (some of the French) manipulated their own peoples into thinking a unified Europe under Germany was the only answer. That is all this film is: a collection of newsreels and speeches given by both French and Germans with an English subtitle. Yet it is a wonderfully put together 'documentary'."
Great film for French class
Guy Dayen | Milwaukee, Wisconsin United States | 05/16/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This is a great video to show in advanced or AP French classes. It helps students better understand what life was like under Nazi occupation in France, and it affords a glimpse into everyday French life as it was in the 1940's.
The only problem I encountered with this video was that the audio track was malfunctionning - there was such an echo at times that it was impossible to understand what was being said - I had to return my copy of the video because of that. But I was so impressed with the film that I'll reorder another copy, and hope that it was just a problem with that particular videocassette that I had.I would recommend this film to anyone interested in French life, in WWII historical data or in Nazi occupation of France."