The World: If They Only Knew

To his followers, Charles de Gaulle was nothing less than "twice the savior of his country," and even today the Gaullists are reluctant to entrust the telling of the precious legend to anyone who might tamper with it. Nobody knows this better than French Film Makers Alain de Sédouy and André Harris, who (along with Director Marcel Ophuls) collaborated in 1969 on the superb documentary The Sorrow and the Pity, an exhaustive and exhausting (4½-hour-long) study of a French city under the Nazi Occupation (TIME, March 27, 1972).

Two years ago, they set out...

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