• Heart of a Nation

    1940. France. Julien Duvivier. 110 min.

Thursday, May 21, 2009, 4:30 p.m.


  • Heart of a Nation

    1940. France. Directed by Julien Duvivier. With Louis Jouvet, Michèle Morgan, Raimu, Suzy Prim, Louis Jourdan. Shortly before the Nazi occupation of Paris and his own exile to America, Duvivier made this rousing, patriotic account of a single French family living, across several generations, under the specter of three German military invasions. A superb yet unsung achievement, the film—which survived Nazi orders that it be destroyed—anticipates David Lean and Noël Coward's This Happy Breed, made four years later, in capturing family life on the home front, from the Franco-Prussian War of 1870 to the drôle de guerre of 1939–40 (while ignoring, as several critics noted, some of the darker aspects of French social history, including the Dreyfus Affair and the Action française). In French; English subtitles. 110 min.

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