Section spéciale

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Section spéciale
Section spéciale.jpg
Directed by Costa-Gavras
Produced by Gérard Crosnier
Written by Costa-Gavras
Jorge Semprún
Hervé Villeré
Starring Louis Seigner
Cinematography Andréas Winding
Edited by Françoise Bonnot
Release date(s) 23 April 1975
Running time 118 minutes
Country France
Language French

Section spéciale (English title Special Section) is a 1975 French film, directed by Costa-Gavras and based on a book L'affaire de la Section Spéciale by Hervé Villeré. It stars Louis Seigner, Roland Bertin, Michael Lonsdale, Ivo Garrani, François Maistre, Jacques Spiesser, Henri Serre, Heinz Bennent and Claude Piéplu. It is named after the Special Sections of Vichy France.

The film shared the Best Director prize at the 1975 Cannes Film Festival,[1] and was nominated for a Golden Globe award for best foreign film.

Plot[edit]

In France during the German occupation, a young German naval officer is killed in Paris by a group of leftist activists. The compliant Vichy government seeks to appease the Germans by locating the perpetrators and agreeing to the execution of six people, and a special section is set up for this purpose. The section consists of judges who are too ambitious, cowardly or inhuman to refuse such work. The flames of totalitarianism must be stoked, even with innocent blood, and it is especially convenient to the government if the accused are thoroughly expendable in their eyes.

Cast[edit]

Additional notes[edit]

Costa-Gavras' film stirred some controversy as it told a story of Vichy France, which made some critics feel the piece was one sided about collaboration.[citation needed] Costa-Gavras aimed for the truth and he felt this film got this.[citation needed] Despite the debate, it opened to positive reviews in France and the U.S.[citation needed]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Festival de Cannes: Section spéciale". festival-cannes.com. Retrieved 2009-05-04. 

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