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Coup de grâce (1976)
"Der Fangschuß" (original title)

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A countess' unrequited love for an army officer leads to disaster.

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Complete credited cast:
Matthias Habich ...
Erich von Lhomond
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Sophie de Reval
Rüdiger Kirschstein ...
Conrad von Reval
Marc Eyraud ...
Dr. Paul Rugen
Bruno Thost ...
Henry van Lyck ...
Borschikoff
Hannes Kaetner ...
Michel
Franz Morak ...
Grigori Loew
Frederik von Zichy ...
Franz von Aland
Mathieu Carrière ...
Volkmar
Valeska Gert ...
Tante Praskovia
Alexander von Eschwege ...
Blankenberg
Maria Guttenbrunner ...
Mutter Loew
Stephan Paryla ...
Sergeant
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A countess' unrequited love for an army officer leads to disaster.

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Release Date:

17 November 1976 (France)  »

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Sophie de Reval: May I come in?
Erich von Lhomond: Of course. Thank you. It's quite late, Sophie.
Sophie de Reval: I'll just smoke a pipeful. Why did you come to Kratovice of all places, Erich?
Erich von Lhomond: Where should I have gone?
Sophie de Reval: You could have stayed in Paris or Berlin. No one forced you to fight in this war.
Erich von Lhomond: I'm an officer and useless in Berlin.
Sophie de Reval: What are you defending here? Your mother lost everything before the war.
Erich von Lhomond: Perhaps I like lost causes. In any case I've always fought for them.
Sophie de Reval: At least you've none of Konrad's illusions.
Erich von Lhomond: Konrad's beliefs are truer...
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A magnificent film, lucidly depicting the darkness of betray, jealousy, death against the backdrop of a hopeless war.
17 October 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I had never seen any of the work of Schlöndorff prior to watching this film, so Fangschuß came as an overwhelming surprise, a movie whose pathos and displays of cinematic brilliance (Igor Luther) seem like something between the thanatotic films of Bergman and the dreamlike confusions of some of Fellini's work-- Through a Glass Darkly and La Dolce Vita come to mind. More then any film I've ever seen, Fangschuß seems to capture that terrifying collapse of ones life into a sort of unpredictable madness and ambiguity, the torture that the films personal relations depict overshadowing the brutality of the war itself, in a way that all the while juxtaposes the themes of love and death in a way I had hitherto not thought possible. Certainly not light watching-- but I'd recommend this film to everybody, especially since so few people seem to have heard of it.


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