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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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Marguerite Yourcenar (novel), Geneviève Dormann (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Matthias Habich ... Erich von Lhomond
Margarethe von Trotta ... Sophie de Reval
Rüdiger Kirschstein Rüdiger Kirschstein ... Conrad von Reval
Marc Eyraud Marc Eyraud ... Dr. Paul Rugen
Bruno Thost Bruno Thost ... Chopin
Henry van Lyck ... Borschikoff
Hannes Kaetner Hannes Kaetner ... Michel
Franz Morak Franz Morak ... Grigori Loew
Frederik von Zichy Frederik von Zichy ... Franz von Aland
Mathieu Carrière ... Volkmar
Valeska Gert ... Tante Praskovia
Alexander von Eschwege Alexander von Eschwege ... Blankenberg
Maria Guttenbrunner Maria Guttenbrunner ... Mutter Loew
Stephan Paryla Stephan Paryla ... Sergeant
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Storyline

A countess' unrequited love for an army officer leads to disaster.

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Genres:

Drama | War

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

France | West Germany

Language:

German | French

Release Date:

17 November 1976 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Coup de Grâce See more »

Filming Locations:

Burgenland, Austria

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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This film is part of the Criterion Collection, spine #192. See more »

Quotes

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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My reservations are only technical...
7 November 2004 | by jonr-3See all my reviews

...and then only in regard to the atrocious VHS presentation of this film. It's a good thing I understand a fair amount of German and of French, for fully 2/3 of the subtitles are illegible, and the dialog is presented about 50-50 in those two languages. Why on earth did they use white lettering for subtitles--when this film takes place in winter, with snow all about? For that matter, why do they ever use white subtitles at all? It has always been possible to use either white characters bordered by black, or vice-versa, rendering subtitles legible against any background. This technical incompetence is inexcusable and an insult to a very fine film.

I was completely caught off guard, not having read Ms. Yourcenar's novel, by the plot twist near the end. Let me warn you: there is not one bright spot in this whole movie, nor should there be, set as it is in the most horrific, chaotic days of World War I. It is gripping, the character development is splendid, the characters are three-dimensional and complex, and the plot presents enough moral and ethical dilemmas to occupy a thinking person's idle moments for months.

Acting is uniformly excellent to superb--and the character of the aunt is one that may haunt your dreams, or nightmares, forever after.

I voted an eight and am not sure this film doesn't deserve a ten.


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