La guerre est finie


2h 1m 1967

Brief Synopsis

Diego is one of the chief of the spanish Communist Party. He is travelling back to Paris (where he lives) from a mission in Madrid. He is arrested at the border for an identity check but manages to go free thanks to Nadine, the daughter of the man whose passport is used by him. When he arrives in Paris, he starts searching one of his comrades, Juan, to prevent him from going to Madrid where he could be arrested by Franco's police...

Film Details

Also Known As
Kriget är slut, The War Is Over
Release Date
Jan 1967
Premiere Information
New York opening: 1 Feb 1967
Production Company
Europa-Film; Sofracima
Distribution Company
Brandon Films
Country
France
Location
Stockholm, Sweden; Paris, France

Technical Specs

Duration
2h 1m
Sound
Mono
Color
Black and White, Color

Synopsis

Diego, a revolutionary for 25 years, living in exile in Paris, is stopped and questioned by the border patrol while returning from Madrid using an assumed name and false passport. Attempting to unmask him, the police call the impostor's alleged phone number; the telephone is answered by Nadine, a student revolutionary who verifies his false identity. In Paris, Diego discovers that his contact, Juan, has already left for Spain; and he learns that comrades in Madrid have been arrested. He proposes intercepting Juan and forestalling his mission to preserve his safety, but Roberto, who arranges the trips, refuses, placing primary importance on preparations for a forthcoming general strike. Diego visits Nadine; immediately attracted, the strangers make love. Diego then returns to his devoted mistress, Marianne, a divorcée with a 12-year-old son. He is disquieted, however, by the presence of visitors. At a cell meeting the following day, Diego is prohibited from traveling to Madrid, and his friend Ramon is appointed in his stead. Furthermore, Diego's skepticism regarding the effectiveness of the general strike is attributed to his subjectivity, and he is instructed to rest and reflect upon his failings. After observing police detectives following Nadine, Diego learns that the student and her radical friends are planning to terrorize tourists in Spain and that Marianne is a sympathizer. The exhausted Diego rebukes the young revolutionaries, disavowing random violence. Diego's enforced rest is ended when Ramon dies unexpectedly. Following Diego's departure for Madrid, trouble develops, and the loyal Marianne is recruited to save him. As she boards a plane to Madrid, Marianne thinks of Diego.

Film Details

Also Known As
Kriget är slut, The War Is Over
Release Date
Jan 1967
Premiere Information
New York opening: 1 Feb 1967
Production Company
Europa-Film; Sofracima
Distribution Company
Brandon Films
Country
France
Location
Stockholm, Sweden; Paris, France

Technical Specs

Duration
2h 1m
Sound
Mono
Color
Black and White, Color

Award Nominations

Best Writing, Screenplay

1968

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Trivia

Notes

Filmed in Paris and other French locations. Opened in Paris in May 1966; in Stockholm in March 1967 as Kriget är slut. Also known as The War Is Over.

Miscellaneous Notes

Voted Best Foreign Film of the Year by the 1967 New York Film Critics Association.

Voted One of the Year's Ten Best Films by the 1967 New York Times Film Critics.

Winner of the International Critics Prize at the 1966 Cannes Film Festival.

Released in United States May 9, 1966

Released in United States September 22, 1966

Released in United States Winter January 1967

Premiered at Cannes Film Festival May 9, 1966.

Shown at New York Film Festival September 22, 1966.

Shot between August and November 1985.

Released in United States Winter January 1967

Released in United States May 9, 1966 (Premiered at Cannes Film Festival May 9, 1966.)

Released in United States September 22, 1966 (Shown at New York Film Festival September 22, 1966.)