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Circle of Deceit (1981)

Die Fälschung (original title)
Laschen, a German journalist, travels to the city of Beirut during the fights between Christians and Palestinians to produce an essay about the situation. Together with his photographer, he... See full summary »

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Nicolas Born (novel), Volker Schlöndorff (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Bruno Ganz ... Georg Laschen
Hanna Schygulla ... Ariane Nassar
Jerzy Skolimowski ... Hoffmann
Jean Carmet ... Rudnik
Gila von Weitershausen ... Greta Laschen
Peter Martin Urtel Peter Martin Urtel ... Berger (as Martin Urtel)
John Munro John Munro ... John
Fouad Naim Fouad Naim ... Excellence Joseph
Josette Khalil Josette Khalil ... Madame Joseph
Ghassan Mattar Ghassan Mattar ... Ahmed
Sarah Salem Sarah Salem ... Sister Brigitte
Rafic Najem Rafic Najem ... Taxi
Magnia Fakhoury Magnia Fakhoury ... Aicha
Jack Diagilaitas Jack Diagilaitas ... Swedish Journalist
Roger Assaf Roger Assaf ... Phalangist Officer
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Laschen, a German journalist, travels to the city of Beirut during the fights between Christians and Palestinians to produce an essay about the situation. Together with his photographer, he meets some important people and discovers the everyday face of the war. He also has to figure out about his home life, where his marriage is in a big crisis. Written by Benjamin Stello

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Drama | War

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
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Country:

West Germany | France

Language:

German | French | Arabic | English

Release Date:

28 October 1981 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Circle of Deceit See more »

Filming Locations:

Lebanon See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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This film was part of a cycle of pictures made during the 1980s that featured journalists covering war. The movies include Salvador (1986), Under Fire (1983), Circle of Deceit [Circle of Deceit (1981)], Witness in the War Zone (1987), Cry Freedom (1987), The Killing Fields (1984) and The Year of Living Dangerously (1982). See more »

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Opening credits run in a single at the bottom of the screen, right to left in the style of a news ticker. See more »

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Circle of Deceit. Very Important Film by Good Director.
7 June 2004 | by shmulik-cohenSee all my reviews

I agree with Benjamin Stello of Sweden but want to add that the Film is made on Location in Beirut and is nearly Documentary. It is before Israel invaded Lebanon to get rid of PLO Terrorists. It shows the situation after Lebanese Civil War that started 1975. Beirut is divided into many Rival Quarters. The Palestinians Controlling part of Beirut. A Hellish situation where everybody is Against everybody. Similar to Yugoslavia some years later. Another Book I recommend is Thomas Friedman's "From Beirut to Jerusalem" which describes Beirut a few years later. This movie I only saw once in 1982 and is unforgettable. I also recommend other films by this Director. The Tin Drum and Others.


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