Cinema: Corruption's Toys

LACOMBE, LUCIEN

Directed by LOUIS MALLE Screenplay by LOUIS MALLE and PATRICK MODIANO

Choosing sides in a political struggle, even in a world war, can be a matter of happenstance or convenience. The consequences may be grave, but the choice itself can be as casual and amoral as picking out a new suit of clothes. The core of this subtle, intelligent film is that a young man's life can be fixed and shadowed by a decision he hardly knows he has made.

Lacombe, Lucien—which played at the New York Film Festival last week to considerable acclaim—is set in provincial France during the summer...

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