Laissez-passer: Safe conduct
Koch Lorber Films,
During the Nazi occupation of France during World War II, the nation's movie studios continued to operate; some filmmakers and technicians simply went along with what their new leaders demanded in hopes keeping themselves and their families safe, while others sought to subvert the messages of their captors through their work. Safe Conduct, directed by Bertrand Tavernier, is a fact-based period drama which examines two men working for a Parisian film company during 1942 and 1943, as well as their friends, family, and loved ones. Jean Devaivre (played by Jacques Gamblin) is an assistant director for Continental Pictures, a studio which has recently been taken over by the Germans and is headed by Dr. Greven (Christian Berkel), a self-styled aficionado of French filmmaking. With a wife (Marie Desgranges) and a newborn son to support, Devaivre feels he has little choice but to continue with his work, though as he rises from assisting to becoming a full fledged director thanks to the efforts of Maurice Tourneur (Philippe Morier-Genoud), he struggles to work his own views into his pictures as much as he can. Screenwriter Jean Aurenche (Denis Podalydes), a man who lives for wine, women and song (not necessarily in that order), refuses to work for Greven, and as he bounces between his many lovers - actress Suzanne Raymond (Charlotte Kady), no-nonsense streetwalker Olga (Marie Gillain), and soft-hearted Reine (Maria Pitarresi), a struggles to find a way to make a living with his words. Both Devaivre and Aurenche were real-life figures in the French film industry during the occupation, as were many of Safe Conduct's supporting characters; the real life Aurenche went on to write the screenplay for Bertrand Travernier's first feature film. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi
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|Grouped Work ID||9ec935b7-a038-7dcc-a070-0db465a3b8ba|
|Grouping Title||laissez passer safe conduct|
|Grouping Author||films alain sarde|
|Last Grouping Update||2019-03-02 01:49:41AM|
|Last Indexed||2019-11-19 04:12:17AM|
Di Borgo, Valérie Pozzo.
Gamblin, Jacques, 1957-
Gillain, Marie, 1975-
Marlon, Ged, 1954-
Podalydès, Denis, 1963-
Sarde, Alain, 1952-
Di Borgo, Valérie Pozzo.
Films Alain Sarde (Firm)
France 2 cinéma (Firm)
France 3 cinéma (Firm)
Koch Lorber Films.
Little Bear Production.
|display_description||During the Nazi occupation of France during World War II, the nation's movie studios continued to operate. Jean Devaivre is an assistant director for Continental Pictures, a studio which has recently been taken over by the Germans and is headed by Dr. Greven. With a wife and son to support, Devaivre feels he has little choice but to continue with his work. Screenwriter Jean Aurenche, a man who lives for wine, women and song, refuses to work for Greven, and struggles to find a way to make a living with his words.|
|itype_basalt||Adult DVD fiction|
|owning_library_basalt||Basalt Regional Library|
|subject_facet||Aurenche, Jean. -- Drama|
France -- History -- German occupation, 1940-1945 -- Drama
Jean-Devaivre, -- 1912- -- Drama
Motion picture industry -- France -- History -- Drama
|title_display||Laissez-passer : Safe conduct|
|title_full||Laissez-passer [videorecording] = Safe conduct / Alain Sarde et Frédéric Bourboulon présentent une coproductione Les Films Alaine Sarde, Little Bear, France 2 Cinéma, France 3 Cinéma ... avec la participation de Canal+ ... un film de Bertrand Tavernier ; produit par Alain Sarde et Frédéric Bourboulon ; scénario de Jean Cosmos et Bertrand Tavernier ; director, Bertrand Tavernier|
Motion picture industry