Pierre Schoendoerffer, the Sentinel of Memory

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Pierre Schoendoerffer, the Sentinel of Memory
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Directed byRaphaël Millet
Produced byOlivier Bohler
Nocturnes Productions
Written byRaphaël Millet
Olivier Bohler
StarringPierre Schoendoerffer
Constantin Costa-Gavras
Raoul Coutard
Jacques Perrin
Music byMarcel Heijnen
Teo Wei Yong
CinematographyJulien Selleron
Edited byNicolas Dupouy
Raphaël Millet
Running time
60 minutes

Pierre Schoendoerffer, the Sentinel of Memory (original French title: Pierre Schoendoerffer, la sentinelle de la mémoire) is the first feature length documentary about French writer and filmmaker Pierre Schoendoerffer, directed by Raphaël Millet and produced by Olivier Bohler for Nocturnes Productions in 2011.


Pierre Schoendoerffer revisits his life and career, with a strong focus on the impact that his experience as a war cinematographer for the French army during the Indochina War had on him, as well as a war reporter during the Vietnam War when he filmed his 1967 Academy Award-winning documentary The Anderson Platoon named after the leader of the platoon - Lieutenant Joseph B. Anderson - with which Schoendoerffer and his crew were embedded.


Pierre Schoendoerffer, the Sentinel of Memory is a co-production between Nocturnes Productions and the Institut national de l'audiovisuel (INA, the French National Institute for Audiovisual). It has been funded by the National Center of Cinematography and the moving image,[1] with the support of the French Ministry of Defence, French pay-TV Orange Cinéma Séries, and Belgian public broadcaster RTBF.

Festival screenings and broadcasts[edit]

Pierre Schoendoerffer, the Sentinel of Memoryhad its world premiere at Les Rendez-vous de l'histoire, Blois, October 2011[2]. It was screened at the Académie des Beaux-Arts in Paris, France, as a tribute to Pierre Schoendoerffer, in March 2012, and then at Fnac on 16 May 2012[3]. The film was broadcast in France on OCS (television) and Histoire[4], and in Belgium on RTBF. It is available in VOD on the website of Institut national de l'audiovisuel[5].