[Global 1940] The Free French/Vichy French



  • First you insult the Free French and now you question my honor?!

    You!

    You…

    https://m.youtube.com/#/watch?v=uBs06ZXtMzo


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    @Charles:

    First you insult the Free French and now you question my honor?!

    You!

    You…

    https://m.youtube.com/#/watch?v=uBs06ZXtMzo

    ppppppffffffffff……


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    @Charles:

    I will definitely take a look at the movie you referred to Marc.  Golden Age of Cinema + WW2 + France = popcorn.

    You guys are aware that Charles de Gaulle is a facade that I only use here and when I’m literally playing as France, right?  I’m an American through and through.   😄

    This is probably another reason you’ll like the movie: because it features several American actors playing French characters, notably Humphrey Bogart.  Also playing Frenchmen are actors of other national origins, notably from the Netherlands (Philip Dorn), Britain (Sydney Greenstreet), Austria-Hungary (Peter Lorre), Belgium (Victor Francen), Russia (Vladimir Sokoloff and Konstantin Shayne) and Italy (Eduardo Ciannelli).  Some of the Frenchmen are, amazingly enough, actually played by Frenchmen (such as Louis Mercier, though strictly speaking he’s Algerian).  The results, when the characters speak French, aren’t always very convincing to the ears of a French speaker (I’m from Montreal).  Victor Francen, who’s Belgian, gets it right, but the same can’t be said for Billy Roy in the scene where, as the ship’s cabin boy, he shakes his fist at some German planes overhead and curses them defiantly in painfully laboured French.  But aside from that, it’s a fun and watchable movie (I’ve seen it over a dozen times), with lots and lots of French patriotism (and several verbal shots taken at the Vichy regime and Marshal Petain).  Be prepared, however, for a narrative structure that can get a little confusing because the film is built around flashbacks-within-flashbacks (four or five layers deep at one point, as I recall).



  • Sounds like an awfullly good mess.  You sold it to me.

    Maybe I should use this as propaganda?  I have been gettling a lot of French belittlement from the newest batch of players.  Have any of you ever used movies, other games, or music to get players in the mood before starting to play A@A?


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    @Charles:

    Sounds like an awfullly good mess.  You sold it to me.

    Maybe I should use this as propaganda?

    Warner Brothers clearly intended it to be a morale-raising film meant to generate inter-Allied solidarity (specifically, between the Americans and the Free French), so in one sense it’s a propaganda film (like much of Hollywood’s output during the war).  In fact, the “framing story” of the movie – the top-level context, within which the nested flashbacks take place – involves an American journalist who’s visiting a FF airbase to write a story for a news syndicate.  While he’s sitting in the office of the base commander, Captain Freycinet (the Claude Rains character), he tells Freycinet that he hopes his story will promote greater understanding between the US and the FF “in these touchy times.”  That could be called a “meta” line because the movie itself was obviously intended to do just that.

    By the way, when you watch that scene, look at the back wall of Freycinet’s office: one of its decorations is a framed portrait of General de Gaulle…the same one as your forum icon, if I’m not mistaken.


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    @Charles:

    Sounds like an awfullly good mess.  You sold it to me.

    Maybe I should use this as propaganda?  I have been gettling a lot of French belittlement from the newest batch of players.  Have any of you ever used movies, other games, or music to get players in the mood before starting to play A@A?

    Ya. I always play my favorite music album called  Who Do You Love sung by the SS Vichy choir.



  • Don’t tempt me SS.  You know that French swear words are not included in the forum censorship.


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