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France, 1942, under German occupation. Philippe Gerbier, a civil engineer, is a French Resistance commandant. Denounced by a French collaborator, he is interned in a concentration camp. He manages to escape and rejoins his network in Marseille, where he has the traitor executed.

This movie reveals rigorously and austerely what life was like in the French Resistance: the solitude and fear of its members; their relationships with one another; the constant threat of arrest by the Gestapo; the Resistance command structure and the way its orders were carried out. Head writer Joseph Kessel and co-writer/director Jean-Pierre Melville were both veterans of the “Shadow Army”

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Movie Reviews: “Army of Shadows”

Movie Review: Seattle Times

A casual viewing of Jean-Pierre Melville’s “Army of Shadows” might lead one to conclude it’s the least thrilling of thrillers, especially if you’re using action director John Woo as your yardstick. Closer attention to Melville’s semi-autobiographical chronicle of French Resistance fighters during World War II reveals it to be as close to a masterpiece as any film you’re likely to see this year.

Released in 1969 and never before shown in the U.S., this aptly titled, breathtakingly authentic film marks the latest entry in what has become a celebrated campaign to rescue Melville from relative obscurity, as the great director’s outstanding but little-seen classics (“Bob le Flambeur,” “Le Samouraï,” “Le Cercle Rouge”) have been successively unveiled as pristine restorations prior to DVD release. Of all of these, “Army of Shadows” may be the most startling discovery; imagine if Sam Peckinpah’s “The Wild Bunch” (released the same year) had gone unseen in France for 37 years and you’ll grasp the magnitude of this occasion.

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Movie Review: OBSERVER

Looking for a new summer handbag? Of course, we all are. But this season, rather than snagging that straw tote on everyone’s wish list or that absurdly expensive but very cool Balenciaga bag, consider going personal with your purse.

Yes, once again, customization is the name of the game. For a short time, Burberry was offering a customization option for the new DK88 Top Handle Bag. Lucky customers were able to select from 18 hues for the base, flap, handle, strap and hardware to create the leather tote of their dreams.

Kate Hudson stepped out with the bag in white, finished off with a taupe flap and an orange handle; Gigi Hadid opted for a teeny iteration of the tote, completely tricked out in millennial pink.

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Movie Review: MoRe FILM BLOG

When we speak of our “favorite” movies, books, or music, repetition of consumption is the most common metric to measure our enthusiasm. There is an inescapable (if at times embarrassing) logic to that measurement.

If I have watched Zoolander a half dozen times and Army of Shadows only twice, does that not indicate that I like the former more than the latter?

As a principle, I buy the notion that we tend to watch what we like more frequently than what we don’t, but the correlation between frequency and endearment is no more exact than that between frequency and critical estimation. Other factors — such as accessibility and cost (in terms of both time and money) — may make it easier for us to revisit certain books or films than others.

Even a singular reading or viewing experience can be so memorable or powerful that the art object that spawned it becomes a favorite. I’ve only read George MacDonald’s What’s Mine’s Mine once, but I have no problem calling it one of my favorite novels. I must have reread some of C.S. Lewis’s Narnia books a dozen times while only going through Lord of the Rings thrice, but there is no question in my mind that the latter are better books.

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