• Safe Conduct (2002)

Safe Conduct

Release Date: 2002

DVD Release Date: May 11th, 2004

Not Yet Rated |2 hr 50 min

Plot Summary

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.

Cast: Jacques Gamblin, Denis Podalydès, Christian Berkel, Marie Gillain, Charlotte Kady, Marie Desgranges, Maria Pitarresi, Thierry Gibault

Director: Bertrand Tavernier

Genres: Historical drama

Production Co: Paramount

Keywords: Sacrifice, Rousing, Rivalry, Underdog, Brother, Emotional, 1940s, Wife

Ratings & Reviews

  • 100
    Michael WilmingtonChicago Tribune

    This is one of those films that encapsulate most of its maker's key thoughts and feelings while also connecting us vividly to a fascinating past. No one who loves French film (or movies in general) should miss it. show more

  • 75
    Jack MathewsNew York Daily News

    A remarkable and moving account of a part of the French experience that needs more remembering and less forgetting. show more

  • 100
    Roger EbertChicago Sun-Times

    You would imagine a film like this would be greeted with rapture in France, but no. The leading French film magazine, "Cahiers du Cinema," has long scorned the filmmakers of this older generation as makers of mere "quality," and interprets Tavernier's work as an attack on the New Wave generation which replaced them. show more

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