2. Carve Her Name With Pride (1958)

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6.3 Sluggish and slow
  • Acting 6.2
  • Directing 6.6
  • Story 6
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Starring: Virgina McKenna, Paul Scofield, Maurice Ronet

Director: Lewis Gilbert

Running Time: 119 mins


Carve Her Name With Pride is a British film about a young woman who joins up to be a spy for the British in France during World War II, as she fights her way out of battles with the enemy to find the rat in the spy organisation set up in Rouen.

Growing up at the beginning of the 21st Century, my brain usually just turns off when I see a film in black and white. I was also told that this story revolved around love and duty, which really made me cringe.

Although I was bored for the first half hour, where Violette Szabo, the young woman, meets a French soldier in London, and ends up marrying him, I became much more intrigued when Violette decided to join up to be a spy.

The story following her in France was very interesting, and I found her determination in the battle situations at the end of the movie incredible, as she hung on and tried to defeat a Nazi Army Corps alone, although she had been wounded.

This gets a 6.3 because it was thoroughly interesting towards the end of the film, however too much of it was slow and dull for me, and the same emotions could have been achieved without such a long setting-up of the characters.

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