Upon its much-belated American release in 2006, the New York Film Critics saluted Army of Shadows with their Best Foreign Film award, recognizing it as much more than just a lost film from the 1960s, but one of cinema’s great works. Lino Ventura, Paul Meurisse, Jean-Pierre Cassel, and Simone Signoret star as underground resistance fighters who must grapple with their conception of honor in their battle against Hitler’s regime. Applying the atmospheric style of his gangster classics (Le Samourai, Bob Le Gambler), Melville explores the impact of violence rather than events themselves, creating a universal portrait of the tragedy and absurdity of man’s behavior.
Preceding the main feature, we will screen the new short film That First Crush by Northwest filmmaker Josh Lunden, an homage to falling in love with cinema. (6 min)