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Circle of Deceit (1981)

Die Fälschung (original title)
Laschen, a German journalist, travels to the city of Beirut during the fights between Christians and Palestinians to produce an essay about the situation. Together with his photographer, he... See full summary »

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Georg Laschen
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Ariane Nassar
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Hoffmann
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Rudnik
Gila von Weitershausen ...
Greta Laschen
Peter Martin Urtel ...
Berger (as Martin Urtel)
John Munro ...
John
Fouad Naim ...
Excellence Joseph
Josette Khalil ...
Madame Joseph
Ghassan Mattar ...
Ahmed
Sarah Salem ...
Sister Brigitte
Rafic Najem ...
Taxi
Magnia Fakhoury ...
Aicha
Jack Diagilaitas ...
Swedish Journalist
Roger Assaf ...
Phalangist Officer
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Laschen, a German journalist, travels to the city of Beirut during the fights between Christians and Palestinians to produce an essay about the situation. Together with his photographer, he meets some important people and discovers the everyday face of the war. He also has to figure out about his home life, where his marriage is in a big crisis. Written by Benjamin Stello

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Drama | War

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28 October 1981 (France)  »

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Circle of Deceit  »

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This film was part of a cycle of pictures made during the 1980s that featured journalists covering war. The movies include Salvador (1986), Under Fire (1983), Circle of Deceit [Circle of Deceit (1981)], Witness in the War Zone (1987), Cry Freedom (1987), The Killing Fields (1984) and The Year of Living Dangerously (1982). See more »

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Opening credits run in a single at the bottom of the screen, right to left in the style of a news ticker. See more »

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brutally honest
10 November 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Lacking even a token gesture of Hollywood gloss, this inside look at the Lebanese civil war is strong stuff indeed, which may be why it never found an audience (in this country at least) when first released. The filmmakers made use of actual Beirut locations to follow the brutal, ambiguous account of one journalist's education into the abject moral poverty of violence, and the documentary realism of the background lends a frightening authority to the subject. It's difficult at times to tell just what is real and what is staged, and the essential nihilism of the conflict is further reinforced by the film's detachment from any political sympathies, although there's something uncomfortable in the idea of a German citizen pondering the immorality of genocide. We're led to assume his private and professional ethics are being tested in the face of such extreme bloodshed, but it's hard to avoid making deeper historical connections.


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