Die Fälschung (Circle of Deceit) (1981) - Rotten Tomatoes

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
Art House & International , Drama
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Bruno Ganz
as Georg Laschen
Hanna Schygulla
as Arianna Nassar
Jean Carmet
as Rudnik
Gila von Weitershausen
as Greta Laschen
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Critic Reviews for Die Fälschung (Circle of Deceit)

All Critics (3) | Top Critics (1)

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

Full Review… | July 29, 2003
Village Voice
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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.

Full Review… | July 31, 2003
Christian Science Monitor

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.

Full Review… | July 30, 2003
Slant Magazine

Audience Reviews for Die Fälschung (Circle of Deceit)

Trading the slow death of his marriage for the war-torn Beirut, German journalist Georg is on a news assignment with his shutterbug photographing confidant, Hoffman, and join an international coterie of competitive fellow journalists. Outside, they take their lives in their own hands, dodging both Christian and Palestinian bullets and conducting interviews that are just a shot away from execution. When he meets a beautiful German ex-pat widow, the personal crashes with the political. Circle Of Deceit is a compelling drama that shows what it is like for one person to survive in a war zone and seeing the evil behind it, with the acclaimed Volker Schlondorff directing the feature. I try not to fall asleep and keep on my viewing focus on the sequences of war, shootings, explosions, etc. I had no idea that filming in the war-torn Lebanon is allowed there even without security reasons for not just the filmmakers but also the photojournalists. And yes, they all looked REAL to me. Remembering that this was the same actor who did Hitler in Downfall I wanted to see a great acting performance of Bruno Ganz in another film. I can tell you that he was so impressive here.

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