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Coup de Grâce (1976)

Der Fangschuß (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama, War | 17 November 1976 (France)
A countess' unrequited love for an army officer leads to disaster.

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Complete credited cast:
... Erich von Lhomond
... Sophie de Reval
Rüdiger Kirschstein ... Conrad von Reval
Marc Eyraud ... Dr. Paul Rugen
Bruno Thost ... Chopin
... Borschikoff
Hannes Kaetner ... Michel
Franz Morak ... Grigori Loew
Frederik von Zichy ... Franz von Aland
... Volkmar
... Tante Praskovia
Alexander von Eschwege ... Blankenberg
Maria Guttenbrunner ... Mutter Loew
Stephan Paryla ... Sergeant
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A countess' unrequited love for an army officer leads to disaster.

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Sophie de Reval: May I come in?
Erich von Lhomond: Of course. Thank you. It's quite late, Sophie.
Sophie de Reval: I'll just smoke a pipeful. Why did you come to Kratovice of all places, Erich?
Erich von Lhomond: Where should I have gone?
Sophie de Reval: You could have stayed in Paris or Berlin. No one forced you to fight in this war.
Erich von Lhomond: I'm an officer and useless in Berlin.
Sophie de Reval: What are you defending here? Your mother lost everything before the war.
Erich von Lhomond: Perhaps I like lost causes. In any case I've always fought for them.
Sophie de Reval: At least you've none of Konrad's illusions.
Erich von Lhomond: Konrad's beliefs are truer...
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Stunning
26 November 2006 | by See all my reviews

In a depopulated part of northeastern Europe, desperate men are fighting a hopeless, pointless war after the Great War has ended. It is the winter of 1919-1920 in Latvia, and the Treaty of Versailles will soon establish the independence of the Baltic states. Schlondorff has taken Yourcenar's novel and made a wonderful mood piece out of it. The acting is great: Matthias Habich is stiff and uncomprehending, Margarethe von Trotta is warm and lively as well as passionately Bolshevik, Valeska Gert, whom I remember from a Louise Brooks silent film, is the half-crazy aunt.

Schlondorff's films are tremendous literary adaptations that stand on their own as film creations. I see the world a little through his eyes, just as I see it through Renoir's, or Bertolucci's, or Altman's.


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