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Colonel Redl

Colonel Redl

Klaus Maria Brandauer
Director: István Szabó Cast: Klaus Maria Brandauer
Klaus Maria Brandauer
, Hans-Christian Blech
Hans-Christian Blech
, Gudrun Landgrebe
Gudrun Landgrebe
István Szabó


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The second film in the trilogy made by director Istvan Szabo and actor Klaus Maria Brandauer -- hammocked between Mephisto and Hanussen -- Colonel Redl continues Mephisto's fascination with a man overwhelmed by history. In that film, Brandauer played an actor who tried to ignore the rise of the Third Reich, and here he's an ambitious military officer in pre-World War I Austria whose career path is set early on. In military school, he's forced to inform on a student who's the source of a practical joke; though he beats himself up for being a Judas, he soon realizes that to rise in the ranks he must overcome his peasant background and hide his homosexuality by ingratiating himself with his superiors. In time, he becomes Chief of Military Intelligence for the Austro-Hungarian empire. Though he professes to hate politics and politicians, Redl also can't avoid them. When the leader for whom Redl is supposedly spying among the officer corps, draws up a list of who can't be exposed for traitorous activities (including Austrian nobles, Hungarians, Czechs, Serbs, Croatians, and even the usual scapegoats, Jews -- the aftershocks of the Dreyfuss affair are still rumbling), he tells Redl that he must find a double of himself, a Ukrainian. Now certain that he will be exposed, Redl surrenders to fate, quoting to his wife from Montaigne: "It's no sin to be involved. It's a sin to remain involved." Brandauer is a wonder as the self-loathing Redl, and Szabo's camera picks up every nuance on his expressive face. The film eschews music except for several party scenes, and the absence of a score is most effective in the final shots of Redl's fellow officers awaiting his fate.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/21/2020
UPC: 0738329248734
Original Release: 1985
Rating: NR
Source: Kino Classics
Time: 2:31:00
Sales rank: 54,185

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Klaus Maria Brandauer Alfred Redl
Hans-Christian Blech Col. von Roden
Gudrun Landgrebe Katalin Kubinyi
Dorottya Udvaros Clarissa, Redl's Wife
Athena Papadimitriou Female Singer
Andras Balint Dr. Gustav Sonnenschein
Karoly Eperjes Lt. Jaromil Schorm
Laszlo Galffi Alfredo Velocchio
Laszlo Mensaros Col. Ruzitska
Tamas Major Grandfather Kubinyi
Gyorgy Banffy Adjutant to Crown Prince
Agnes T. Katona Wilhelmina
Flora Kadar Redl's Sister
Dora Lendvai Katalin Kubinyi as a Child
Maria Majlath Grandmother Kubinyi
Gyorgy Racz Kristof Kubinyi as a Child
Robert Ratonyi Baron Ullmann
Gabor Svidrony Alfred Redl as a Child
Eva Szabo Redl's Mother
Istvan Verebes Auctioneer
Armin Mueller-Stahl Archduke Ferdinand
Jan Niklas Kristof Kubinyi

Technical Credits
István Szabó Director,Screenwriter
Zsuzsa Csakany Editor
Péter Dobai Screenwriter
Manfred Durniok Producer
Lajos Koltai Cinematographer
Joszef Marx Producer
Janos Nemeth Makeup
Peter Pabst Costumes/Costume Designer
Jozsef Romvari Production Designer,Set Decoration/Design
Tibor Szollar Art Director
Zdenko Tamassy Score Composer,Musical Direction/Supervision

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