Tuesday, 2 June 2009
New French TV Series About The Occupation
Posted by A Whinger in France
A French TV channel, France 3, have taken the bold step to launch a new series about the occupation of France in WWII that focuses on the way normal French citizens handled the occupation of their village......Instead of the politically stance of heroes, victims and villians, this series will be about the way a village handles everyday life whilst it is occupied by Germans....Up until recently this has be a taboo subject in France and the general perception of of glamorous Resistance members, evil collaborators, and families hunkered round radio-sets listening to General Charles De Gaulle on the BBC, has been avoided in "Un village Francais", instead this will depict the confused reality of adjusting to foreign military rule.
This series is set in a fictional village called Villeneuve in the Jura mountains of eastern France, the series begins with the arrival of German troops in June 1940. It starts on Thursday and six episodes go out this month – taking events up to November 1940 – and a further six in the autumn.
Evidently it has cost France 3, a state-owned television channel, £500,000 per episode, an unusually large amount in France, and has high hopes of continuing the series through to 2013 with each annual season following the changing mood of the occupation as the years progress......It should prove to be a very interesting series.