Die Fälschung

Die Fälschung

Fiction, 110 min.

Title E:Circle of Deceit

by Volker Schlöndorff

Germany, 1981

Briefly at home between assignments, Georg Laschen, a German journalist quarrels with his wife Greta. Frustrated by his absences, she wants to park the children and take up the offer of a job; and on the plane heading for the Lebanon to cover the war with his photographer Hoffmann, Laschen starts a letter suggesting a separation. In Beirut, listening to correspondents discussing the war, Laschen measures their prejudices against his own pro-Palestinian bias. Priding himself on his professional objectivity, he finds his preconceptions tested by “justified” atrocities on both sides; he becomes uneasily aware, after bidding in a furtive auction of atrocity pictures, of the extent to which his reports are coloured to maintain reader interest; and he realises after intervening when a sniper offers to shoot a passer-by to make a picture for Hoffmann, that he is no longer just an observer. (Tom Milne, MFB)

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Directed by: Volker Schlöndorff
Written by: Volker Schlöndorff, Jean-Claude Carrière, Margarethe von Trotta, Kai Hermann

World Premiere: 1981
Original Version: German (french subtitles), colour, 35mm, 110 min.


Production: Bioskop Film GmbH, Artemis Filmgesellschaft mbH, Hessischer Rundfunk

Cinematography: Igor Luther
Editing: Suzanne Baron
Music: Maurice Jarre

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Bruno Ganz
as Georg Laschen 
Hanna Schygulla
as Ariane Nassar 
Jerzy Skolimowski
as Fotograf Hoffmann 
Gila von Weitershausen
as Greta Laschen 
Jean Carmet
as Rudnik 

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