This Land Is Mine

This Land Is Mine

Jean Renoir (1943)

103min
PG Certificate
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Review

Our Score
Throughout the Second World War, Hollywood failed to capture the fear and suspicion that pervaded occupied Europe. This tale of a cowardly schoolteacher, played by Charles Laughton, who is inspired to heroism by his love for a Resistance fighter, Maureen O'Hara, is no exception. Jean Renoir's inability to re-create the atmosphere of Vichy France is partly excused by the fact that he had been living in exile from his homeland since 1940, after the Nazis placed him on a death list for his socialist sympathies. This bland picture, made with virtually no enthusiasm for its clich├ęd villagers and hysterical Nazis, had little dramatic or propagandist value.

Summary

A cowardly teacher in Nazi-occupied France is secretly in love with a defiant colleague, but lacks the courage to reveal his feelings or to stand up to the invaders. However, as the resistance becomes active in the area and many townsfolk collaborate with the Germans, he becomes pushed into taking a stand. Second World War drama, starring Charles Laughton, Maureen O'Hara and George Sanders.

Cast & Crew

Albert Lory Charles Laughton
Louise Martin Maureen O'Hara
George Lambert George Sanders
Major Erich von Keller Walter Slezak
Paul Martin Kent Smith
Emma Lory Una O'Connor
Prof Sorel Philip Merivale
Mayor Henry Manville Thurston Hall
Prosecuting attorney George Coulouris
Julie Grant Nancy Gates
Presiding judge Ivan Simpson
Edmund Lorraine John Donat
Lt Schwartz Frank Alten
Director Jean Renoir
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Other Information

Language: English Black and White Theatrical distributor: R.K.O. Radio Pictures Ltd Available on: Available on DVD

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