Le Silence de la Mer (Criterion Collection) Blu-ray
Le Silence de la Mer (Criterion Collection)Blu-ray
Jean-Pierre Melville began his superb filmmaking career with this powerful adaptation of an influential underground novel written during the Nazi occupation of France. An idealistic, naive German officer is assigned to the home of a middle-aged man and his grown niece; their response to his presencetheir only form of resistanceis complete silence. Constructed with elegant minimalism and shot, by the legendary Henri Deca, with hushed eloquence, Le silence de la mer is a fascinating tale of moral ambiguity that points the way toward Melvilles later films about resistance and the occupation (Lon Morin, Priest; Army of Shadows) yet remains a singularly eerie masterwork in its own right.