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Released Oct 11, 2002 2h 50m History Drama List
76% Tomatometer 37 Reviews 79% Audience Score 250+ Ratings In 1940s Paris, during the German occupation, two men in the film industry find different ways to deal with the Vichy regime stifling their creativity. Jean Devaivre (Jacques Gamblin) is an assistant director, and Jean Aurenche (Denis Podalydès) is a screenwriter. Devaivre actively rebels against the occupation: He is an employee of Continental, a Nazi film company, but secretly fights in the resistance. Aurenche, on the other hand, refuses to create propaganda by working for the company. Read More Read Less
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A highly detailed, exciting historical epic.

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Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times [While The Last Metro] was more melodramatic, confined to a single theater company and its strategies and deceptions, while Tavernier is more concerned with the entire period of history. Rated: 4/4 May 9, 2003 Full Review Michael Wilmington Chicago Tribune No one who loves French film (or movies in general) should miss it. Rated: 4/4 May 8, 2003 Full Review Ty Burr Boston Globe There's an epic here, but you have to put it together yourself. Rated: 2.5/4 Mar 28, 2003 Full Review David Walsh World Socialist Web Site Safe Conduct is gripping and appealing-and honest-in regard to that part of modern life it does treat, and that is no small matter. Feb 16, 2021 Full Review Emanuel Levy EmanuelLevy.Com Rated: 2/5 Jul 18, 2005 Full Review Louis Proyect rec.arts.movies.reviews Controversial film about art under occupation Jan 19, 2005 Full Review Read all reviews

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Audience Member True story of the French film industry under the Nazi occupation. Long but never dull, with good dialogue and sharp characters. Also well cast and well paced. Kind of a gem. Four out of five. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/07/23 Full Review Audience Member One of the most overlooked foreign films of 00's, a juicy epic set during the Nazi occupation of France from the point of view of movie studios and how they operated during the war. Gripping, one of Tavernier's best. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 02/17/23 Full Review Audience Member Another of Tavernier's intrinsically detailed & fascinating studies, this time about French film-making during WWII. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/27/23 Full Review Audience Member J'adore les films de Tavernier, je suis une "Tavernière" convaincue !!! Gamblin est mortel dans ce rôle !!! Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/01/23 Full Review Audience Member Superb! Never mind the subtitles Jacques Gamblin is gorgeous. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/21/23 Full Review Audience Member I liked this movie about French filmmakers during the WW2 occupation, trying to be true to their art while not getting in trouble with Nazi censors. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 01/16/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis In 1940s Paris, during the German occupation, two men in the film industry find different ways to deal with the Vichy regime stifling their creativity. Jean Devaivre (Jacques Gamblin) is an assistant director, and Jean Aurenche (Denis Podalydès) is a screenwriter. Devaivre actively rebels against the occupation: He is an employee of Continental, a Nazi film company, but secretly fights in the resistance. Aurenche, on the other hand, refuses to create propaganda by working for the company.
Director
Bertrand Tavernier
Producer
Frédéric Bourboulon, Alain Sarde
Screenwriter
Jean Cosmos, Jean Devaivre, Bertrand Tavernier
Distributor
Empire Pictures
Production Co
Paramount
Genre
History, Drama
Original Language
French (France)
Release Date (Theaters)
Oct 11, 2002, Original
Box Office (Gross USA)
$26.6K
Runtime
2h 50m
Sound Mix
Stereo
Aspect Ratio
Scope (2.35:1)