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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