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The Confession (1970)

L'aveu (original title)
Anton Ludvik, aka Gerard, is vice-minister of Foreign Affairs of Czechoslovakia. He realizes he is watched and followed. One day, he is arrested and put into jail, in solitary confinement. ... See full summary »

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Costa-Gavras

Writers:

Lise London (book), Artur London (book) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Yves Montand ... Gérard
Simone Signoret ... Lise
Gabriele Ferzetti ... Kohoutek
Michel Vitold Michel Vitold ... Smola
Jean Bouise ... Boss of factory
László Szabó ... Secret policeman
Monique Chaumette Monique Chaumette
Guy Mairesse Guy Mairesse ... Le médecin
Marc Eyraud Marc Eyraud ... Un politique
Gérard Darrieu Gérard Darrieu ... Un policier
Gilles Ségal
Charles Moulin Charles Moulin
Nicole Vervil
Georges Aubert Georges Aubert ... Tonda
André Cellier André Cellier
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Storyline

Anton Ludvik, aka Gerard, is vice-minister of Foreign Affairs of Czechoslovakia. He realizes he is watched and followed. One day, he is arrested and put into jail, in solitary confinement. We are shown the mental tortures during the investigation and how a faithful top-ranking civil servant is made to confess to treason. Based on the true story of Czechoslovakian communist Artur London. Written by Yepok

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Costa-Gavras who gave us "Z" now gives us "The Confession"


Certificate:

GP | See all certifications »

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Country:

France | Italy

Language:

French | Spanish

Release Date:

9 December 1970 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Confession See more »

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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Black and White (archive footage)| Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Italian censorship visa #56884 dated 21 September 1970. See more »

Quotes

A.L.: My father was the fifth of eight children, son of a railroad man in Moravia under Austro-Hungarian rule. Then he went to Switzerland and in about 1900 emigrated to America. He learned English very quickly. He could recite Whitman poems by heart and pages of Paine and Jefferson. In New York he met my mother, also an emigre. They came back home together. In the First World War, he was a stretcher bearer. Through contact with Russian prisoners, he learned about Bolshevism. From him I first heard ...
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Connections

Referenced in The Crook (1970) See more »

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21 Août 68
Written by Giovanni Fusco, Orchestrated by Jacques Météhen
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1970 Cold War expose
13 October 2016 | by RanchoTuVuSee all my reviews

I got dragged into this movie like the protagonist got dragged into the brutal, endless interrogation. Given the overall vapidity of most of today's films, this is a real diversion into the power that really lies beneath the surface of movies, the acting, the writing, directing, and most important the mood. The mood of this film drags you like it does the character played by Yves Montand, as he endures a two year interrogation by the people's republic. It's real historic as well, full of details about Titoists, Trotskyites, and anarchists and paranoia over the struggle to control the communist revolution. But Montand looks great as he endures an impressive variety of interrogation techniques.


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