Film

War in the Shadows

Director Jean-Paul Salomé has said that he got the idea for his new film Female Agents (original title Les Femmes de l’Ombre—Women in the Shadows) in 2004 when he read the Times obituary of April 24 for Lise Villameur, who had died aged ninety-eight. From 1942 to 1945 as Lise de Baissac she had been the only female agent to run her own network in occupied France for the British Special Operations Executive. It is easy to see why Salomé found her story so fascinating. De Baissac had been a formidable agent who had played a major part in sabotaging…

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