Calm at sea

Calm at sea

DVD - 2018 | French
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In October of 1941, two German officers are gunned down in broad daylight in Nantes by French Resistance members, the first instance of German blood to be shed in this region. In retaliation, Hitler orders 100 Frenchmen to be shot. Instead of innocent Frenchmen, it was later arranged that 100 political prisoners would die, selected by the district administrator from a camp in Brittany where Môquet and others like him are incarcerated for various offences.
Publisher: New York, NY : Film Movement, [2018]
Branch Call Number: DVD (FRENCH) (GERMAN) C
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (ca. 96 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in. + 1 single-sheet insert
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Feb 24, 2019

Matter-of-fact rendering of an occurrence during World War II in Nazi-occupied France. The story does portray a bit of nuance as some Nazi officers in charge have misgivings about executing innocent Frenchmen as retribution. The French police officials who collaborated with the Germans are also indicted by the film.

Feb 19, 2019

A rather grim and heart breaking story. Two Nazi officers are gunned down by French Resistance members in Nantes, France. The culprits cannot be found by the Nazi’s, so the German high command decides to execute 100 French hostages for the crime. The hostages are being interned in camps (most of them are labeled as political prisoners; French Resistance, Communists, Jews, etc.) The story focuses on one of the prisoners, a 17 year old boy who was arrested for distributing anti-Nazi leaflets. He gets selected as one of the 100 hostages. There are various characters German and French who question the decision and its effect on the war effort, but it all seems comes down to a question of war and its affect on humanity. Well acted but dark.


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