Tuesday, 12 March 2013

La Rafle / The Roundup

As promised, here is the trailer of the movie I mentioned last class. The original title is "La Rafle", but I managed to find a translation which is "The Round Up" and might help you in your research if you're interested in seeing it. I have the original version (no subtitles) on my computer, so if someone is interested feel free to ask me for it.
The movie is very recent (2010) but relates an event that occurred in 1942, so it is a little out of our period. Nevertheless, I still think that it is a very interesting and true report of the event of the time and the jews' condition in France.

Storyline (imdb.com): 
1942. Joseph is eleven. And this June morning, he must go to school, a yellow star sewn on his chest. He receives the support of a goods dealer. The mockery of a baker. Between kindness and contempt, Jo, his Jewish friends, their families, learn of life in an occupied Paris, on the Butte Montmartre, where they've taken shelter. At least that's what they think, until that morning on July 16th 1942, when their fragile happiness is toppled over. From the Vélodrome D'Hiver, where 13 000 Jews are crammed, to the camp of Beaune-La-Rolande, from Vichy to the terrace of the Berghof, La Rafle follows the real destinies of the victims and the executioners. Of those who orchestrated it all. Of those who trusted them. Of those who fled. Of those who opposed them. Every character in this film has existed. Every event, even the most extreme, transpired on that summer of 1942.

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