No Escape

Boileau-Narcejac! Jeanne Moreau! Need I say more? I’m going to. The Forgotten returns to The Notebook at MUBI with a fascinatingly grim twist-thriller set during wartime and casting a rather jaundiced eye over the French home front. Here.

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5 Responses to “No Escape”

  1. La Faustin Says:

    Ooh, one of my favorites! And, for anyone in the San Francisco area, to be shown at the Roxie next month: http://www.midcenturyproductions.com/

    I have to disagree on the pervasiveness of the Occupation – for me, the film was soaked in it, from the constant emphasis on food to the ghastly convenience of German patrols for eliminating a personal foe. The mood reminds me of the original English translation of the title of Marcel Ophul’s Occupation documentary, THE SHAME AND THE PITY (which outraged him – he tore down the posters with his own hands). No one wants to look too closely at anything: everyone has something to hide, everyone has suffered enough.

  2. Ye-es. It’s not so much that there weren’t details or a strong atmosphere, I just wasn’t quite sure what the *story* the film was telling did to illuminate the period, if that was indeed its purpose…

    But I’m going to watch it again sometime.

  3. La Faustin Says:

    I don’t think that WAS its purpose — the novel is even more internal, with even more guilt and misogyny.

  4. I’ll be in SF in Nov. for “The French Had a Name for It 5.” I’ve never been disappointed with any of the French or international noir fests MidCentury Prod. has put together at the Roxie. Will be looking forward to seeing this on the big screen.

  5. My copy was a Rene Chateau VHS tape, so I know it’s going to look a LOT better on the big screen. Dark wide shots are exactly what VHS is worst at… wish I could be there.

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