Carlos [Criterion Collection] [2 Discs] [Blu-ray] [2010]

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Special Features

  • New video interviews with director Olivier Assayas, actor Édgar Ramírez, and Lenoir
  • Selected-scene commentary featuring Lenoir
  • Carlos: Terrorist Without Borders, and hour-long documentary on the career of Carlos
  • Archival interview with Carlos associate Hans-Joachim Klein, by Jean-Marcel Bourgreau and Daniel Leconte
  • Maison de France, a feature-length documentary on a Carlos bombing not included in the film
  • Twenty-minute making-of documentary on the film's OPEC raid scene
  • Original theatrical trailer
  • Plus: a booklet featuring essays by critics Colin MacCabe and Greil Marcus, as well as a timeline of Carlos's life and biographies of selected figures portrayed in the film, written by Carlos's historical adviser, Stephen Smith


Arthouse favorite Olivier Assayas followed up his critical darling L'Heure d'Été (2008) with this wildly different chronicle -- a biopic of the ultra-left-wing Venezuelan terrorist-cum-mercenary Ilich Ramírez Sánchez, popularly known as "Carlos the Jackal." As co-written by Assayas and scenarist Dan Franck, the account spans the years 1973-1994 -- or the period that witnessed Sanchez at his most violent and relentless. Narrative touchstones include the 1974 bomb attack at the Publicis Drugstore on Paris' Left Bank and the 1975 abduction of 11 OPEC officials from Vienna, as well as a torrent of assassinations that Carlos and his cronies planned but didn't carry out. As produced by Daniel Leconte, this telling of Sanchez's life stars Edgar Ramirez as the terrorist, as well as Alexander Scheer, Aljoscha Stadelmann, and Julia Hummer; it was predominantly shot in Germany, France, and Lebanon. ~ Nathan Southern, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Edgar Ramirez
    Edgar Ramirez - Ilich Ramírez Sanchez/"Carlos"
  • Alexander Scheer
    Alexander Scheer - Johannes Weinrich
  • Nora von Waldstätten
    Nora von Waldstätten - Magdalena Kopp
  • Christoph Bach
    Christoph Bach - Hans-Joachim Klein/"Angie"
  • Image coming soon
    Rodney El Haddad - Anis Naccache/"Khalid"
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