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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 »

Director:

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 ... Le patron de l'usine
László Szabó ... L'homme de la police secrète
Monique Chaumette ... L'amie de Lise
Guy Mairesse Guy Mairesse ... Le médecin
Marc Eyraud Marc Eyraud ... Un politique
Gérard Darrieu ... L'interrogateur à lunettes
Gilles Ségal
Charles Moulin Charles Moulin
Nicole Vervil
Georges Aubert Georges Aubert ... Tonda - un ami politique
André Cellier ... Un ami communiste (1965)
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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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Trivia

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

Quotes

A.L.: A quotation haunted me, "The individual becomes guilty not because he is guilty, but because he may be thought so."
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Connections

Featured in Montand à la rencontre de Pagnol (1986) See more »

Soundtracks

L'Aveu (Générique)
Written by Giovanni Fusco, Orchestrated by Jacques Météhen
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Fascinating examination of another time, another place another world.
22 September 2004 | by steve-raybouldSee all my reviews

I saw this film last night and it has being going around in my head all day. It builds with a slow intensity which becomes absolutely compulsive. In style it reminded me a lot of The Godfather films. Calm, matter of fact but intensively observed portrayals of almost unbelievably hideous events. It has the same effect - if you stop to watch for just a few seconds, you are irresistibly drawn into the stream of events. Yves Montand is at his down beat best. What struck me most is that this true story of the post-way purges in the USSR's East European client states is of a time and place almost inconceivable to most of us now. The blind belief in The Party, the Inquisition-like mind games of the interrogators that convince the accused that to demonstrate their true loyalty to the Party, they must confess to the most ridiculous accusations of their betrayal of it. And I was surprised to see that it was made in 1971, the feel is absolutely contemporary, even though it depicts such far off events. While I was watching, I was convinced that I knew the story - isn't this the same as Koestler's 'Darkness at Noon'?


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Country:

France | Italy

Language:

French | Spanish

Release Date:

9 December 1970 (USA) See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$329,954
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Black and White (archive footage)| Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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