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WWII: Sketches of a life

1923. 17-year-old Arnaud de Roquefeuil begins to recount his daily life in a form that has yet to be fully exploited: the comic strip. At first, the sketches were trivial, reflecting a peaceful and ordinary life… but they soon turned into an exceptional chronicle.


During the 1940s, Arnaud de Roquefeuil experienced almost everything about WWII: mobilization on the Maginot Line, entry into Resistance, the Gestapo, deportation… Still, he persisted in recording these events in his illustrated diary. Today, he has left behind a great chronicle: some 300 watercolor sheets that give us an unprecedented insight into the War.


This documentary sheds light on an unpublished and considerable memorial artwork – spanning over 30 years – at once humorous and moving, in which a singular destiny intertwines with our collective history.

Direction: Vincent Pouchain

Production: Keren Production for France Télévisions

Languages: French

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