The war is over

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German title The war is over
Original title La guerre est finie
Country of production France , Sweden
original language French
Publishing year 1966
length 121 minutes
Age rating FSK 18
Director Alain Resnais
script Jorge Semprún
production Anatole Dauman ,
Gisèle Rebillon ,
Catherine Winter
music Giovanni Fusco
camera Sacha Vierny
cut Eric Pluet

The war is over (Original title: La guerre est finie ) is in black and white twisted French - Swedish film directed by Alain Resnais from the year 1966 . The main roles are played by Yves Montand and Ingrid Thulin .


The film is set in 1965. Diego lives in exile in Paris as a member of the Spanish Communist Party . In order to secure the connection between the Spanish refugees living in France and the relatives and party members who remained in Franco's Spain , he repeatedly travels to Spain under assumed names. As the difficulties increase, he doubts the methods and goals of his actions. When he threatens to be discovered, his partner Marianne, who until now has only been a distant observer of his activities, comes to his aid.


The war over started on May 11, 1966 in France and on March 28, 1967 in Sweden. Under pressure from the Spanish government, the film announced at the Cannes International Film Festival was withdrawn from the program.

In the Federal Republic of Germany , The War is Over was shown in cinemas on March 17, 1967. It was not until the third attempt that the film received approval from the Voluntary Self-Control of the Film Industry (FSK) .


“Resnais' once confusing time-space cuts (' Last year in Marienbad ') have given way to an elegant flow of images; Detail work, light nuances and virtuoso camera movements also delicately bring the intangible fears of the old class warrior into the picture. Yves Montand neutralized threatening revolutionary melodrama with skeptical eyes: The left troubadour is the best of all who tried to be Humphrey Bogart . "

“In his fourth feature film, too, the Frenchman Alain Resnais remains true to his highly refined, multi-layered style principles, although in some places he comes close to the limits of mannerism. At the same time, it is a precious enjoyment of art that also illuminates political reality. Recommended from 18. "

“The portrait of a Spaniard in exile who was active against the Franco regime and who was beset by tiredness and doubts during a short stay in Paris. Mixing contemporary history and personalities, the film is not looking for a political position, but an intellectually and aesthetically brilliant representation of the revolutionary who has come into conflict with reality. "


Web links

Individual evidence

  1. The War is Over in the Internet Movie Database .
  2. a b c Article in Der Spiegel 15/1967 of April 3, 1967, accessed on June 24, 2012.
  3. a b The War is Over in the Lexicon of International FilmsTemplate: LdiF / Maintenance / Access used .
  4. Evangelischer Filmbeobachter, Review No. 110/1967, p. 156.