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Qui êtes-vous, Monsieur Sorge? (1961)

This French docu-drama chronicles the chain of events that lead to the hanging of German-journalist Richard Sorge, who was executed in 1944 after he was found supplying classified information to the Russians.

Director:

Yves Ciampi

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Yves Ciampi, Hans-Otto Meissner (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Thomas Holtzmann ... Richard Sorge
Keiko Kishi Keiko Kishi ... Yuki Sakurai
Mario Adorf ... Max Klausen
Nadine Basile Nadine Basile ... Anna Klausen
Jacques Berthier Jacques Berthier ... Serge de Branowski
Ingrid van Bergen ... Lilly Braun
Wilhelm Borchert Wilhelm Borchert ... Von Ack
Boy Gobert Boy Gobert ... Meissinger
Rolf Kutschera Rolf Kutschera ... General Wolf
Eitarô Ozawa Eitarô Ozawa ... Fujimori
Françoise Spira Françoise Spira ... Edith de Branowski
Adelheid Seeck Adelheid Seeck ... Helma Wolf
Akira Yamauchi Akira Yamauchi ... Hidemi Ozaki (as Akira Yamanoutchi)
Hans-Otto Meissner Hans-Otto Meissner ... Hans-Otto Meissner
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This French docu-drama chronicles the chain of events that lead to the hanging of German-journalist Richard Sorge, who was executed in 1944 after he was found supplying classified information to the Russians.

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Country:

France | Italy | West Germany | Japan

Language:

Japanese | French

Release Date:

29 March 1961 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Soviet Spy See more »

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Mono

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Stille Nacht
Composed by Franz Xaver Gruber (as Franz Xaver Gruber)
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Citizen Sorge
10 February 2012 | by dbdumonteilSee all my reviews

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 English .

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 Fatigués"


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