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Lucien Lacombe

3.35  ·  Rating Details ·  54 Ratings  ·  7 Reviews
Paperback, 143 pages
Published January 1st 1974 by Gallimard
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Louis Malle and Patrick Modiano collaborated on a screenplay about the lives of a few individuals in 1944 during the German occupation in France. What is so remarkable about this small book is how so few words or body movements depict the devastating complexity of lives torn by war.

The screenplay opens with a seventeen-year-old boy, Lucien, diligently and thoroughly doing menial labor cleaning in a charitable nursing home. Our judgment of the boy changes much in the process of the play but this
Feb 08, 2016 Liesl rated it really liked it
I didn't read the novel version of this, I read the Other Press version, which is of the SCREENPLAY "Lacombe Lucien", by Louis Malle and Patrick Modiano-not out til May. So this isn't really a review, it's just an appreciation. It's rural France, 1944. Lucien Lacombe is a bluff, brusque 17-year-old who goes wrong in that poignant Auden way-- like the children "who did not specially want it to happen." His father's gone in the the war, his mother's taken up with what amounts to a local seigneur, ...more
Jun 08, 2016 Anne rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
I haven't read a screenplay in a long time, but figured I'd pick this up because it was a) around and b) nominated for a BAFTA. What could go wrong? So many things.

This is a case where the story contained a lot of elements that I don't enjoy as a reader; so I struggled to engage with the plot or the characters. It's set during World War II (a period I obsessed over as a kid and now don't have much of a desire to read) in Nazi-occupied France. The protagonist is a young boy named Lucien who tries
VERDICT: Modiano’s screenplay of a movie nominated for the Oscars in 1975. In typical Modiano’s style, it evokes the complex situation of France during the German occupation, through the life of a French teenager.

my full review is here:
Lacombe Lucien: the screenplay by Louis Malle and Patrick Modiano. Other Press| May 2016| 160 pages | $14.95| ISBN: 978-159051-765-9

RATING: ****/5*

I adore books and film but I don’t often read screenplays. Lacombe Lucien is a film about the evils at play among French Nazi collaborators during WWII. It’s an early work by Nobel Prize winner Patrick Modiano and director/screenwriter Louis Malle. Apparently the film was quite controversial at its release as it depicted the dark underside of war, sho
Jun 20, 2016 KarnagesMistress marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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Jan 21, 2016 Nini rated it it was ok
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Buch wie Film waren einfach nur langatmig und langweilig. Thema natürlich 2. Weltkrieg, wurde sonst ja in keinem anderen Schulfach abgedeckt...
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Patrick Modiano is a French language novelist and winner of the 2014 Nobel Prize in Literature.

He is a winner of the Grand prix du roman de l'Académie française in 1972, the Prix Goncourt in 1978 for his novel Rue des boutiques obscures and of the Nobel Prize in Literature in 2014.

Modiano's parents met in occupied Paris during World War II and began their relationship in semi-clandestinity. Modian
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