Terrorists in Retirement

Initially banned from French television, Mosco Boucault's 1983 documentary serves as a coda to The Sorrow and the Pity, profiling seven survivors of a terrorist cell that operated in Paris against the German occupation. Mostly Jewish communists from central Europe, the terrorists were angry young innocents merely carrying out their party's murderous orders, though now, working as tradesmen, they gleefully reenact some of their exploits. Even more unsettling is their debate over the 1944 execution of their leaders, who may have been sacrificed by fellow communists. Boucault is himself the son of Jewish refugees, and his film is a nicely crafted, heartfelt attempt to shed some light on these unsung members of the resistance. Simone Signoret narrates. 84 min.

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