The Eye of Vichy

The Eye of Vichy

DVD cover
Directed by Claude Chabrol
Produced by Jean-Pierre Ramsay-Levi
Written by Jean-Pierre Azéma
Robert Paxton
Narrated by Michel Bouquet
Brian Cox
Edited by Frédéric Lossignol
Stéphanie Louis
Centre National de la Cinématographie (CNC)
Délégation à la Mémoire et à l'Information Historique
FIT Productions
Institut National de l'Audiovisuel (INA)
La Sofica Bymages
Ministre de la Culture et de l'Éducation Nationale
Secrétariat d'État aux Anciens Combattants et Victimes de Guerre
TF1 Films Production
Release dates
10 March 1993
Running time
110 min.
Country France

The Eye of Vichy (French: "L'Œil de Vichy") is a 1993 film directed by Claude Chabrol. The documentary is about propaganda produced in France under German control during World War II from 1940 to 1944. The film documents the pro-German sentiments of Philippe Pétain's Vichy regime and its efforts to spread propaganda against both the Allied Forces and the Jews. It contains authentic newsreels, advertisements, and feature-film footage produced by the Germans and their French collaborators.

Critical reception

From Vincent Canby of The New York Times:

The Chabrol film is something else: a documentary composed almost entirely of cheery newsreels and propaganda films turned out in France during the occupation. The film has been criticized for not showing what was really going on at the time the newsreels and propaganda films were made, though Mr. Chabrol's own voice-over narration bridges most of those gaps.[1]

From TV Guide:

This documentary from director Claude Chabrol demonstrates how the old-fashioned compilation can still have a dramatic impact when skillfully edited with a carefully crafted narration. Using Vichy's own newsreels and songs, The Eye of Vichy shows the blend of opportunism and native fascism that made up the collaborationist government, undercut by brief references to the items not caught by official cameramen at staged events.[2]

See also


  1. Canby, Vincent (1993-06-13). "Movie Review - - FILM VIEW; French Movies Offer Tickets To Controversy -". Retrieved 2011-11-01.
  2. "The Eye Of Vichy Trailer, Reviews and Schedule for The Eye Of Vichy |". Retrieved 2011-11-01.
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