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Circle of Deceit [DVD] [1981]

Volker Schlöndorff's drama about the civil war in Lebanon, Circle of Deceit, arrives on DVD with a widescreen anamorphic transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1. Supplemental materials include a making-of featurette and an interview with the director. A photo gallery of still images rounds out this solid disc that should be of interest to anyone with an appreciation for world cinema.

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    Special Features

    • "The Making of Circle of Deceit" (1981, 29 min., with English commentary by Volker Schlöndorff)
    • An interview with Volker Schlöndorff (2004, 15 min, in English)
    • Stills gallery
    • Optional English subtitles
    • Enhanced for 16 x 9 TVs


    Circle of Deceit
    Bruno Ganz plays a West German journalist whose frequent assignments to war-torn nations have left him jaundiced. He is assigned to cover the civil war in Beirut. The combination of his harrowing experiences on the job and his after-hours relationship with widow Hannah Schygulla affects Ganz deeply, in spite of the wall he's built around himself. He suffers a crisis of conscience when he is forced to commit himself to someone--and something--for the first time in his life. The plot of Circle of Deceit was based on the reminiscences of novelist Nicolas Born; the picture's realism is grotesquely enhanced by the decision to film on location in Beirut, surrounding the actors with genuine wartime carnage--bodies and all. Originally titled Die Falschung, Circle of Deceit is not a comfortable experience, but few will stop watching once the film has started. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

    Cast & Crew

    • Bruno Ganz
      Bruno Ganz - Georg Laschen
    • Hanna Schygulla
      Hanna Schygulla - Arianna Nassar
    • Jerzy Skolimowski
      Jerzy Skolimowski - Hoffmann
    • Gila Von Weitershausen
      Gila Von Weitershausen - Greta Laschen
    • Jean Carmet
      Jean Carmet - Rudnik

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