One of a hand full of movies that I have experienced that remained true to the author and his work. If your fortunate enough to be familiar with France and Paris of the late 60s, early 70s it will be a tour de force for your memory. With much of it filmed on location you can close your eyes and smell the garlic and the Gauloises. The acting the actors everything about this film will make it one of great movies of our times, along with the likes of Eisensteins \"Alexander Nevsky\" and \"The Bridge on the River Kwai\". Read the book, then view the movie, and you too will be overwhelmed with superlatives. Oh, by the way I really liked it.