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L'ombre rouge (1981)





Cast overview, first billed only:
... Anton Kovetz
... Léo
... Anna
... Magda
Alexandre Arbatt
Lev Belsky ... Soudrov
Jean-Jacques Biraud
Facundo Bo ... Müller
Pascal Bonitzer ... Le Hollandais
... Maly
Patrick Depeyrrat ... (as Patrick Depeyrat)
André Dupon
Giovanni Früh ... José
Louba Guertchikoff
Gratien Tonna ... Le légionnaire


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28 October 1981 (France)  »

Also Known As:

Den røde skygge  »

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Misjudged French A Feature
1 November 2009 | by See all my reviews

Flacid spy thriller shows thirties leftists struggling to adhere to Moscow dictates as the situation becomes more and more treacherous - excluding the Spanish Socialists and Anarchists from aid, rumors of a an alliance with the Nazis and the elimination of former comrades.

Brasseur gets the film's best scenes - the attempt to recruit him by a National Socialist, who represents them as fellow battlers against privilege, the prisoner exchange where his fellow is shot and revealed as a turncoat and his monologue in the cabaret, about the old comrade who resists all attempts to make him confess to unreal crimes - "the thirteen who confessed were the heroes!" The other celebrity players make little impression, though Mlle Baye's unnecessary nudity does catch attention - nice body.

Handling is flat, with the dull dialogs barely connected to a few nice scenics. The two mob action scenes are laughably badly filmed. The Vera Belmont ROUGE BAISIR is a more penetrating and more involving study of misplaced loyalty.

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