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Die Fälschung (Circle of Deceit)
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Movie Info Bruno Ganz plays a West German journalist whose frequent assignments to war-torn nations have left him jaundiced. He is assigned to cover the civil war in Beirut. The combination of his harrowing experiences on the job and his after-hours relationship with widow Hannah Schygulla affects Ganz deeply, in spite of the wall he's built around himself. He suffers a crisis of conscience when he is forced to commit himself to someone--and something--for the first time in his life. The plot of Circle of Deceit was based on the reminiscences of novelist Nicolas Born; the picture's realism is grotesquely enhanced by the decision to film on location in Beirut, surrounding the actors with genuine wartime carnage--bodies and all.
Originally titled Die Falschung, Circle of Deceit is not a comfortable experience, but few will stop watching once the film has started. Nicolas Born , Jean-Claude Carriere. May 11, Bruno Ganz as Georg Laschen. Hanna Schygulla as Arianna Nassar. Jean Carmet as Rudnik.
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Focusing on a journalist covering the Lebanese Civil War, Circle of Deceit has promise but ultimately fails to ascend to the level of many war films, or even Schlondorff's most well known film, The Tin Drum.
The battle scenes naturally draw you in, but the love story between the main two characters is delivered poorly. Some interesting surreal images such as a make-out scene underscored by bombshells and gunfire , but in the end this film is nothing special. Schlondorff captures the chaos of war well. And, the film largely presents the conflict apolitically by avoiding the inclusion of roles presenting a strong voice for either side.
I really appreciate films which steer clear of spoon-feeding a clear bias. The weaker portion of the film involves his relationship with his wife, but does serve a purpose.
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I don't know if it is because I am seeing it now but when a scene zooms in on a charred corpse and what the audience is supposed to feel This time the journalist, Laschen Bruno Ganz decamps from a tempestuous domestic life to Beirut, Lebanon to report on the Christian-Palestinian conflict that is tearing the city apart. His photographer friend, Hoffman Jerzy Skolimowski merely records images and is not moved by the horrific violence that they encounter there.
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He is drawn further into the conflict through an affair that he has with a German widow of an Arab, Ariane Fassbinder regular Hanan Schygulla , he meets there. He finally returns and no longer feels the need to report on the conflict as if it were a career building exercise. Another provocative mediation on the violent 80s.
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