Coup de Grace (1976) - Region 1 - DVD
  • DirectorVolker Schlöndorff
  • writersMargarethe von Trotta, Geneviève Dormann, Jutta Brückner, Marguerite Yourcenar
  • CastAnatole Dauman, Eberhard Junkersdorf, Hans Prescher
  • Film Genre German Cinema
  • CountryFrance , Germany
  • Language German
  • Subtitle English
  • Year1976
  • Runtime98mins
  • Disc1
  • FormatDVD
  • RegionDVD REGION 1
  • Weight(kg)0.19kg
  • ISBN037429177921
Regular PriceHK$216

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Coup de Grace (1976) - Region 1 - DVD

Der Fangschuß

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Passion and politics collide with tragically bleak results in Le Coup de Grace. Dedicating his film to French filmmaker Jean-Pierre Melville, director Volker Schlöndorff (The Tin Drum) emulates Melville's fascination with themes of war, adapting (with his wife and star, Margarethe von Trotta) the novel Der Fangschuß by Marguerite Yourcenar, set in Latvia in 1919 after the end of World War I. While sporadic fighting continues in the Baltic states, naive countess Sophie (von Trotta) seals her fate by falling in love with Erich (Matthias Habich), a Prussian soldier who secretly desires Sophie's brother (in one of several vaguely handled subplots). She retaliates by supporting the Communists and, when captured, demands that Erich be her executioner. Like the repressed emotions of its characters, the drama's power is nearly subdued by Schlondorff's murky ambiguity; it helps to be familiar with the film's historical context, but Le Coup de Grace is still a worthy companion to Schlöndorff's The Lost Honor of Katharina Blum, and a hauntingly atmospheric tale of wartime self-destruction.