March 4, 2013
Stephane Hessel, 95, a concentration-camp survivor and member of the French Resistance whose 32-page book, Time for Outrage , became a best-seller and an inspiration for the left in Europe and the United States, died Tuesday in Paris. The book came out in 2010 as a rallying cry against the gap between rich and poor. Mr. Hessel said he wanted to imbue France's youth with the fervor of those who held out against the Nazis. Its first run was 8,000 copies. It sold millions of copies and became an inspiration for the Occupy Wall Street movement.
November 23, 2011
Danielle Mitterrand, 87, a decorated member of the French Resistance and a combative advocate for the poor who broke the mold as first lady alongside France's first Socialist president, died Tuesday in Paris. She was hospitalized in recent days for fatigue, her France Libertés foundation said. An avowed leftist, Ms. Mitterrand turned the 14-year tenure of her husband, Francois, into her own bully pulpit - one that long outlasted him. He died of cancer less than a year after leaving office in 1995.
November 11, 2011 |
You've got to hand it to Dublin's Gate Theatre and much-admired Beckett interpreter Barry McGovern. By running Samuel Beckett's Endgame in repertory with McGovern's cut-and-pasted version of Beckett's wartime novel Watt, they give audiences an hour-long amuse-bouche alongside the main course, and a mostly painless introduction to one of Beckett's least-welcoming, and subsequently less-visited, works. Written over five years between 1941 and 1945 while Beckett - as a result of his involvement in the French Resistance - hid from the Gestapo in Rousillon, Watt was rejected by publishers until 1953.
August 9, 2011
Australian Nancy Wake, 98, who as a spy became one the Allies' most decorated servicewomen for her role in the French Resistance during World War II, has died in London, officials said Monday. Ms. Wake, code-named "The White Mouse" by the Gestapo, died Sunday in a nursing home, Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard said. Trained by British intelligence in espionage and sabotage, Ms. Wake helped to arm and lead 7,000 Resistance fighters in weakening German defenses before the D-Day invasion.
August 9, 2011 |
CANBERRA, Australia - Australian Nancy Wake, who as a spy became one the Allies' most decorated servicewomen for her role in the French Resistance during World War II, died in London Sunday, officials said yesterday. She was 98. Trained by British intelligence in espionage and sabotage, Wake helped to arm and lead 7,000 Resistance fighters in weakening German defenses before the D-Day invasion in the last months of the war. While distributing weapons, money and code books in Nazi-occupied France, she evaded capture many times and reached the top of the Gestapo's wanted list, according to her biographer, Peter FitzSimons.
July 8, 2011
Simone M. Bleuzé Clark, 88, formerly of Havertown, a retired real estate agent and volunteer, died of complications of heart failure on Monday, June 27, at Roxborough Hospital. Mrs. Clark grew up with nine siblings in Tourcoing, France. In her early teens, she was a clerical worker in a textile factory and later trained as a nurse. After the Nazis invaded her country in 1939, she was a messenger for the French Resistance. In 1946, she emigrated to the U.S. and joined an aunt in New York City.
February 18, 2011 |
O utside the Law , an Oscar-nominated foreign film from Rachid Bouchareb, is a gripping French-Algerian coproduction that makes Algeria's epic struggle for independence from France look like a gangster movie. Bouchareb reunites his leads from the acclaimed Days of Glory (2006) . Where that film explored the contradictions of Northern Africans fighting in the French army during World War II, this one, spanning 1954 to 1962, chronicles the Algerian resistance against the French.
November 26, 2010 |
Joseph F. Quirk Jr., 90, of Prospect Park, an Army Air Force tail gunner shot down over Nazi-occupied France during World War II whose escape to England via the French Resistance was chronicled in a film, died Nov. 21 of age-related illness at home. Mr. Quirk, a lifelong Collingdale resident, worked as a production supervisor for the Boeing Co. for 38 years, his family said, and was active on the Collingdale Borough Council. He was best known, though, for two hair-raising weeks he spent in 1943 fleeing the Nazis.
October 8, 2010
GIMME FIVE The website metacritic.com says that so far, "The Social Network" is running fifth as the best-reviewed movie of all time. The rest of the list: 1. "The Godfather. " (1972) Francis Ford Coppola's Mafia saga. 2. "Superman II. " (1980) Christopher Reeve's second outing as the Man of Steel. 3. "Army of Shadows. " (1969) Thriller about the French Resistance. 4. "Pan's Labyrinth. " (2006) A Spanish language fantasy film directed by Guillermo del Toro. 5. "The Social Network.
July 14, 2006 |
Jean-Pierre Melville's French Resistance saga "Army of Shadows" opens with a shot of German soldiers marching down the Champs-Elysees, the Arc de Triomphe prominent in the background. It's a gut-punching image that remains haunting to this day, and one can only imagine the bad memories it conjured up for French moviegoers when the movie opened in 1969. Melville's movie isn't focused on the German occupation, though the Nazis are always there in the background. Melville is more interested in his countrymen.