This Land Is Mine View large image

Film Details

Directed by: Jean Renoir

Produced: 1943

Countries & Regions: United States

DVD Details

Certificate: PG

Studio: Screenbound

Length: 103 mins

Format: DVD

Region: Region 0

Released: 13 February 2012

Cat No: ODNF337

Extras:
DVD 5
Languages(s): English
Interactive Menu
Scene Access
Screen ratio 1:1.33
Dolby Mono

Moviemail Details

Returns Policy
If you are unhappy with your purchase, you can return it to us within 30 days. More Details

This Land Is Mine

Cast: Maureen O Hara , Kent Smith , Charles Laughton , George Sanders , Walter Slezak

DVD
Availability: On Order, dispatched within 5 - 10 days. Delivery Times

WWII drama from the great French director, Jean Renoir. Charles Laughton plays Albert Lory, a cowardly teacher at a school in occupied... Read More

£12.99

£9.99

£3.00

MovieMail Rating:
  • Currently 0.00/5
(Read Review)

Rating: 0.0/5 (0 votes cast)

Your Rating:
  • Currently 0.00/5
(Submit Review)

Rating: 0.0/5 (0 votes cast)

, 0.0 out of 5 based on 0 ratings

WWII drama from the great French director, Jean Renoir. Charles Laughton plays Albert Lory, a cowardly teacher at a school in occupied France who is held responsible by locals for the execution of a resistance fighter Paul Martin (Kent Smith), the brother of fellow teacher Louise Martin (Maureen Ohara). Arrested by the Germans following a murder, he is offered freedom if he will collaborate against France.

As the second world war raged, Hollywood fought the good fight with a series of artful movies dramatising life in occupied Europe. This Land is Mine was Jean Renoir's contribution to the cycle: it's one of the best.

It's set in an unglamorous provincial town, in an unnamed European country not unlike the director's native France. When the Nazi invaders roll in, the locals react in different ways. Some resist, others collaborate. Schoolmaster Albert Lory (Laughton) is too cowardly to do either: he's a timid soul, dominated by his mother. But when the Nazis escalate efforts to crush the resistance, Albert discovers a courage he never knew he had.

Famously, Jean Renoir never found his rhythm in Hollywood and the American films tend to be the least regarded of his work. But, as This Land is Mine shows, any 'decline' was surely relative. No other studio film of this era understands the pain of occupation – or its compromises – so well. It shows Hollywood (if not Renoir, quite) at the top of its game.

Submit your review

It's Not too Late to add these...