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10 February 2012
It is a confusing movie.At its best ,it represents Ciampi's most
artistically ambitious work ever.At its worst ,it is surprisingly
muddled ,the story being very off putting for the average viewer (and
for the 1961 audience?).Although Ciampi was labeled "old school"
director,"Qui Etes Vous Monsieur Sorge ?" sounds more "NV" than any
Godard's cinema Verite works .
One of the characters is "played " by the "real life " character .The
movie begins with a spate of conflicting testimonies ,one of the
persons going as far as to say that Sorge's story is not over and he is
still alive and "working" somewhere.The Japanese speak their own
language,which is a good thing ,but there's a problem:most of the
action takes place in Germany and the Germans speak French;so do the
German born Sorge (His surname means "fear" "problem" "anxiety" !) was
a spy in the pay of the Japanese .We follow him through the troubled
times before WW2 and in the war when his ring reportedly changed the
face of the war.
Extremely demanding,but sometimes stodgy ," Monsieur Sorge" remains one
of the two Ciampi's most memorable works ,along with "Les Heros Sont
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