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Triple Agent (2004)

Triple agent (original title)
France, 1936-37. The Popular Front wins elections, the Spanish Civil War begins, and Hitler and Stalin are manipulating and spying. The brilliant exile, Fiodor Voronin, a general at 20, is ... See full summary »

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Katerina Didaskalou ...
Arsinoé
Serge Renko ...
Fiodor
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Maguy
Grigori Manoukov ...
Boris
Dimitri Rafalsky ...
Gen. Dobrinsky
Nathalia Krougly ...
La Générale
Amanda Langlet ...
Janine
Jeanne Rambur ...
Dany
Emmanuel Salinger ...
André
Vitalyi Cheremet ...
Alexis Tcherepnine
Bernard Peysson ...
Le médecin
Laurent Le Doyen ...
Le journaliste
Emilie Fourrier ...
L'aide-couturière
Alexandre Koltchak ...
Planton
Vladimir Léon ...
Tchernov
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France, 1936-37. The Popular Front wins elections, the Spanish Civil War begins, and Hitler and Stalin are manipulating and spying. The brilliant exile, Fiodor Voronin, a general at 20, is the deputy at the White Russian Military Union, probably slated to replace the aging Général Dobrinsky soon. Fiodor's Greek wife, Arsinoé, paints and stays away from politics, befriending Communist neighbors. Her health declines; the attentive Fiodor arranges care and, against the backdrop of Stalin's Great Purge, considers his options. He plays a chess game in which love of country, love of Arsinoé, ideology, petty jealousies, and the machinations of power roil in matters of life and death. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Chanson des jeunes Travailleurs
Music by Dmitri Shostakovich (as Dimitri Chostakovitch)
Lyrics by Jeanne Perret
Performed by La Chorale Populaire de Paris
© Editions La Chant du Monde
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On the cusp of WWII, a leader of the White Rusians in Paris may just be a spy . . . but for whom?
25 April 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Though denied a commercial theatrical release in the States (American indie fodder from Sundance now all but fills the old art house maw), this is a typically involving, if determinedly talky, pic from vet helmer Eric Rohmer. Known for his pointillist studies in manners & mores 'francais,' this late work tackles large political issues with a similar minimalist approach. In the years leading up to WWII, the last of the White Russians in Paris are struggling to maintain a presence just as the communist Popular Front comes to power and Stalin launches his deadliest internal purge back in the USSR. Rohmer keeps his focus on the wife of a Paris-based White Russian official as she watches for clues that might indicate just what side of the political fence this unflappably reasonable man leans toward. Or is he merely acting different parts for different situations? Rohmer's film-making is all essentials now, but the gusts of dialogue & functional camera set-ups needn't fool you. Rohmer remains an intensely visual artist with the easy mastery of the art that conceals art. Everyone is superb in their roles, but watch for Cyrielle Clair as a wealthy gossiping friend, she's Parisian chic itself.


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