Cinema: Dangers Deja Vus

The Day and the Hour turns up a decade or two late. An old-helmet romantic drama about occupied France, it has Simone Signoret as the chic Parisienne who is drawn into the Resistance movement by the irresistible U.S. flyer (Stuart Whitman). Together they make their way to a bittersweet parting at the Spanish border, along an underground route as familiar as the Champs-Elysées.

Surprisingly, though, the story seldom lags, mainly because some first-chop talents go at it as if the idea were spanking-new. Director René Clèment (Forbidden Games) mounts several taut scenes, especially...

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