You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Lacombe Lucien

Director Louis Malle's film looks at a young farm boy, 17, who drifts into the French Gestapo by ignorance rather than intent. Pic displays the banality of evil and refrains from didactics or heroics.

With:
Pierre Blaise Aurore Clement Holger Lowenadler Therese Giehse Stephane Bouy Loumi Iacobesco

Director Louis Malle’s film looks at a young farm boy, 17, who drifts into the French Gestapo by ignorance rather than intent. Pic displays the banality of evil and refrains from didactics or heroics.

Lucien Lacombe, played with a remarkable flair by non-actor Pierre Blaise, works at a hospital. His father is a prisoner of war. He at first wants to join the resistance (it is 1944) but is refused and, when inadvertently out after curfew, is dragged into the local French Gestapo quarters. He is made drunk and gives away the head of the resistance.

He takes pride in it, while seemingly unaffected by the torture, decadence and hysteria he sees around him as the Americans approach. Meeting a Jewish family holed up in the town, he is taken by the daughter and a sort of love affair blooms. The father, an ex-Paris tailor, cannot bring himself to hate this young semi-thug who moves in on them.

Pic is expertly directed and acted, with Aurore Clement as the fragile girl and Holger Lowenadler as her father also outstanding, as is the fine lensing that helps capture the period.

Lacombe Lucien

France - Italy - W. Germany

Production: NEF/UPF/Vides/Halleluja. Director Louis Malle; Producer Claude Nedjar; Screenplay Louis Malle, Patrick Modiano; Camera Tonino Delli Colli; Editor Suzanne Baron; Art Director Ghislain Uhry

Crew: (Color) Extract of a review from 1974. Running time: 136 MIN.

With: Pierre Blaise Aurore Clement Holger Lowenadler Therese Giehse Stephane Bouy Loumi Iacobesco

More Film

  • AMC Offers Free 'Wrinkle in Time'

    AMC Offers Free 'Wrinkle in Time' Tickets for Underprivileged Children

    Director Louis Malle’s film looks at a young farm boy, 17, who drifts into the French Gestapo by ignorance rather than intent. Pic displays the banality of evil and refrains from didactics or heroics. Lucien Lacombe, played with a remarkable flair by non-actor Pierre Blaise, works at a hospital. His father is a prisoner of […]

  • Timothee Chalamet, Armie Hammer Offering Oscar

    Timothee Chalamet, Armie Hammer Offering Oscar Sweepstakes for a Cause

    Director Louis Malle’s film looks at a young farm boy, 17, who drifts into the French Gestapo by ignorance rather than intent. Pic displays the banality of evil and refrains from didactics or heroics. Lucien Lacombe, played with a remarkable flair by non-actor Pierre Blaise, works at a hospital. His father is a prisoner of […]

  • Game Night review

    Box Office: 'Game Night' Edges 'Annihilation' With $1 Million Opening

    Director Louis Malle’s film looks at a young farm boy, 17, who drifts into the French Gestapo by ignorance rather than intent. Pic displays the banality of evil and refrains from didactics or heroics. Lucien Lacombe, played with a remarkable flair by non-actor Pierre Blaise, works at a hospital. His father is a prisoner of […]

  • Mary J Blige Walk of Fame

    Mary J. Blige, Common, Sufjan Stevens, More to Perform at Academy Awards

    Director Louis Malle’s film looks at a young farm boy, 17, who drifts into the French Gestapo by ignorance rather than intent. Pic displays the banality of evil and refrains from didactics or heroics. Lucien Lacombe, played with a remarkable flair by non-actor Pierre Blaise, works at a hospital. His father is a prisoner of […]

  • Bizzers Like "Sound" of South-South Co-Prods

    Bizzers Like "Sound" of South-South Co-Prods

    Director Louis Malle’s film looks at a young farm boy, 17, who drifts into the French Gestapo by ignorance rather than intent. Pic displays the banality of evil and refrains from didactics or heroics. Lucien Lacombe, played with a remarkable flair by non-actor Pierre Blaise, works at a hospital. His father is a prisoner of […]

  • Former IM Global Exec Stuart Ford's

    Former IM Global Exec Stuart Ford's New Venture to Focus on Content

    Director Louis Malle’s film looks at a young farm boy, 17, who drifts into the French Gestapo by ignorance rather than intent. Pic displays the banality of evil and refrains from didactics or heroics. Lucien Lacombe, played with a remarkable flair by non-actor Pierre Blaise, works at a hospital. His father is a prisoner of […]

  • 'Eldorado' Review: A Moving Essay on

    Berlin Film Review: 'Eldorado'

    Director Louis Malle’s film looks at a young farm boy, 17, who drifts into the French Gestapo by ignorance rather than intent. Pic displays the banality of evil and refrains from didactics or heroics. Lucien Lacombe, played with a remarkable flair by non-actor Pierre Blaise, works at a hospital. His father is a prisoner of […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content