Die Fälschung (Circle of Deceit) (1981)

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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

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Critic Reviews for Die Fälschung (Circle of Deceit)

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As war movies go, Circle of Deceit is a bloody success.

Oct 23, 2018 | Full Review…

A strong, compelling film, a devastating commentary on war and politics and a sensitive illumination of the personality and sensibility of the war correspondent who fancies himself as a spectator.

Apr 27, 2018 | Full Review…

Aspires to the humanist as well as the humanitarian, and ultimately achieves both.

Jul 29, 2003 | Full Review…
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This politically charged 1981 drama isn't one of Schlöndorff's greatest films, but its strong moral concerns and superb cast make it well worth viewing.

Jul 31, 2003 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

The humanist Circle of Deceit charts the many moral quandaries encountered by a journalist when he's sent to Beirut to catalog the outbreak of the Lebanese civil war.

Jul 30, 2003 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

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