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La passante du Sans-Souci (1982)

 -  Drama  -  14 April 1982 (France)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Elsa Wiener / Lina Baumstein
Max Baumstein
Helmut Griem ...
Michel Wiener
Dominique Labourier ...
Charlotte Maupas
Gérard Klein ...
Maurice Bouillard
Mathieu Carrière ...
Ruppert von Leggaert / Federico Logo
Jacques Martin ...
Wendelin Werner ...
Max Baumstein jeune
Marcel Bozonnet ...
Christiane Cohendy ...
Helene Nolin
Pierre Michaël ...
Me Jouffroy
Véronique Silver ...
La présiidente du tribunal
Anna Helwig
Raymond Aquilon
Béatrice Avoine


Max Baumstein is a reputable businessman, a rich self-made man with a conscience - he founded a highly visible and active international organization fighting against violations of human rights. Why would he commit an act that apparently negates the principles he has striven for so long to uphold? Eventually, he reveals a secret about himself that he kept hidden from his younger wife Lina, and that in a roundabout way concerns her as well. It is the conclusion of a struggle that started many decades earlier, when Elsa Wiener, a German singer exiled in Paris, without money or relations, a refugee among many others, faced two daunting problems: surviving in a foreign city, and saving her husband Michel from the clutches of the Nazis. Written by Eduardo Casais <>

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14 April 1982 (France)  »

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La passante du Sans-Souci  »

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The shooting was postponed because 'Romy Schneider' broke her leg. It began in May 1981, but was interrupted some weeks later. Schneider had a kidney operation and her son David died in July. The remaining scenes were shot from October to December. See more »


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The emotion has passed away ... a bit (cinémathèque)
4 November 2013 | by (PariS) – See all my reviews

This is one movie I saw when i was a kid: maybe with parents, maybe with school, i can't say now. The only thing I remember before this projection is that's a sad story between Romy and a kid in the Nazi time. surprised to be back in the Paris of the 80s as the start of the movie as it remains a golden period for me. In France, everyone, everything seems filled with a sense of new age, new spirit, new ideas that technology today fails to bring. For those like me who interests in human rights, you can see that maybe the world has gone in a good direction as all the abuses Piccolli addresses in his speech are now closed: Ireland, Apartheid, South America, USSR.

Then, the movie goes indeed back to time and it's a bit "Schindler's list" and "Music Box" before them. Usually now, when a single mother is left with her kid, i get anxious for the family but here it wasn't really my feeling: the kid is too much in Oedipus complex and Romy is too much into her husband. Nothing really happens between them. Piccoli is as serious and rock as usual and it's a bit strange that he begins as the youngest character and ends like the oldest (as the make-up are not really good).

In my opinion, all the emotion of the movie comes from Gerard Klein, who plays the typical easy-going French: at first, he can't believe the Nazi system and finally comes to discover it. The final twist is accurate as vengeance can be a never-ending drama and it offers the opportunity to Jean Reno to claim he has played with Romy!

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