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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 Gilles Ségal
Charles Moulin Charles Moulin
Nicole Vervil
Georges Aubert Georges Aubert ... Tonda
André Cellier André Cellier
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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. Will be shown the mental tortures during the investigations 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

The film was restored in 2014 by KG Productions with the support of the CNC under the supervision of Costa-Gavras by Éclair Group for the image and L.E. Diapason for the sound. See more »

Quotes

A.L.: You're not the Central Committee.
Interrogator: We're above the Central Committee. Our task is to unmask traitors even within the Committee! We represent the power of the proletariat.
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Connections

Referenced in The Crook (1970) See more »

Soundtracks

L'Aveu (Générique)
Written by Giovanni Fusco, Orchestrated by Jacques Météhen
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French Political Thriller!
17 June 2015 | by gavin6942See all my reviews

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. Will be shown the mental tortures during the investigations and how a faithful top-ranking civil servant is made to confess to treason.

A French political thriller based on a real story in Czechoslovakia? Wow! This actually makes a lot of sense. The Czech people do not have many stories told about them, but they do happen to live in an unfortunate area, sandwiched between Germany and Russia. And, as we know, throughout the 20th Century, those two nations liked to assert their influence on the neighbors.

It is so great to see the story here of a man who stood against the Nazis now having to fight back against the politicians he helped support (sort of).


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