Oberst Redl (Colonel Redl) (1985)

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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. ~ Tom Wiener, Rovi
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R
Genre:
Art House & International , Drama
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Cast

Hans Christian Blech
as Col. von Roden
Gudrun Landgrebe
as Katalin Kubinyi
Dorottya Udvaros
as Clarissa Redl's Wife
Athena Papadimitriou
as Female Singer
András Bálint
as Dr. Gustav Sonnenschein
Karoly Eperjes
as Lt. Jaromil Schorm
László Gálffi
as Alfredo Velocchio
László Mensáros
as Col. Ruzitska
Tamas Major
as Grandfather Kubinyi
Gyorgy Banffy
as Adjutant to Crown Prince
Agnes T. Katona
as Wilhelmina
Flora Kadar
as Redl's Sister
Dora Lendvai
as Katalin Kubinyi as a Child
Maria Majlath
as Grandmother Kubinyi
Gyorgy Racz
as Kristof Kubinyi as a Child
Robert Ratonyi
as Baron Ullmann
Gabor Svidrony
as Alfred Redl as a Child
Eva Szabo
as Redl's Mother
István Verebes
as Auctioneer
Armin Mueller-Stahl
as Archduke Ferdinand
Jan Niklas
as Kristof Kubinyi
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Critic Reviews for Oberst Redl (Colonel Redl)

All Critics (4)

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Full Review… | February 8, 2006
Time Out
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Full Review… | August 30, 2004
New York Times
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Full Review… | December 31, 1999
Chicago Reader
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Brandauer renders a strong performance in this biopic of the Jewish and gay military officer, though the film is not as powerful or richly detailed as his portrait in Mephisto, also directed by Szabo.

Full Review… | June 10, 2011
EmanuelLevy.Com

Worth watching for Klaus Maria Brandeur's performance. He's a riveting actor.

January 17, 2008

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August 6, 2005
EmanuelLevy.Com

Audience Reviews for Oberst Redl (Colonel Redl)

Everyone's smiling in the beginning. Redl is the Colonel of a real tragedy. Despite being a great Austrian nationalist, the odds of his heritage and homosexuality were against him and in the end there is only the scrap of a man who pushes others away as much as they push him away. But I was laughing at the Archduke's final scene!

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