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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. 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"


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Country:

France | Italy

Language:

French | Spanish

Release Date:

9 December 1970 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

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

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

French censorship visa #35756. See more »

Quotes

A.L.: [on hearing that a traitor was discovered in the Party] I hope the tree isn't hiding the forest.
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Connections

Featured in Mémoires pour Simone (1986) See more »

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Thème de Gérard
Written by Giovanni Fusco, Orchestrated by Jacques Météhen
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compelling academic exercise
30 October 2017 | by SnoopyStyleSee all my reviews

Anton Ludvik aka Gerard (Yves Montand) is the vice-minister of Foreign Affairs of Czechoslovakia. He is worried that he's being followed. Other officials are being picked up in a purge. He gets picked up by a dark militaristic organization. His family is harassed. His wife Londonova (Simone Signoret) struggles in her new circumstances. He is psychologically tortured to give false confessions.

This is basically two hours of movie confinement with his jailers doing all kinds of psychological warfare. At times, I feel like being tortured myself. There's good and bad in that. It doesn't make for a pleasant or necessarily a compelling viewing experience. It's more of a compelling academic exercise. This is the cinematic equivalent of stress position. The acting is impeccable and the production is first rate. It's Kafkaesque and a cry against totalitarianism.


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