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The Lite Trap (1982)

Der Westen leuchtet (original title)
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Armin Mueller-Stahl ... Harald Liebe
Beatrice Kessler ... Dagmar Ostfeld
Melanie Tressler Melanie Tressler ... Ina Ostfeld
Mathias Eysen Mathias Eysen ... Direktor Diehl
Harry Baer ... Fan
Gert Burkard Gert Burkard ... Unbekannter (as Gert Burkhard)
Klaus Münster ... Drogist
Veronika Faber Veronika Faber ... Taxifahrerin
Wolfram A. Guenther Wolfram A. Guenther ... Giebler
Sky du Mont ... Kommissar (Kino) (as Sky Dumont)
Gunther Malzacher ... Kommissar (Hotel)
Nina Palmers-Karin Nina Palmers-Karin ... Zimmermädchen (as Nina Palmers)
Hans-Jürgen Leuthen Hans-Jürgen Leuthen ... Dr. Beiersdorf
Peter Bond Peter Bond ... Metz
Dennis O. Heinrich Dennis O. Heinrich ... Beamter
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Ich soll Dein Schatten sein!

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Country:

West Germany

Language:

German

Release Date:

1 October 1982 (West Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Lumière fatale See more »

Filming Locations:

Malchen, Hessen, Germany See more »

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Music by Gianna Nannini
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Unusual twist on cold war espionage
30 July 2001 | by SMK-4See all my reviews

There have been many films about cold war spies. Western films tend to follow the (mis-) fortunes of Western spies as these are the people who do exciting things and with whom the audience is likely to identify with. Eastern spies only appear on the fringes, mostly to be knocked about by our heroes as e.g. in Hitchcock's Torn Curtain.

Our film here follows Eastern spies in West Germany, but it gives the theme a new twist. The topic of the film is not espionage, but rather how the increasing integration of the protagonists into the lifestyle of the West (one can translate the title as "The West is shiny") alienates them from their origins and compromises their position. I have some doubts how realistic this depiction is, but in any case it is compelling to watch. Despite the objections to its realism I am pretty sure the Stasi (East German secret service) was raving livid when this film came out.


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