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The Confession (1970)

L'aveu (original title)
Anton Ludvik, aka Gerard, is vice-minister of Foreign Affairs of Czechoslovakia. He realizes he is watched and followed. One day, he is arrested and put into jail, in solitary confinement. ... See full summary »

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Costa-Gavras

Writers:

Lise London (book), Artur London (book) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Yves Montand ... Gérard
Simone Signoret ... Lise
Gabriele Ferzetti ... Kohoutek
Michel Vitold Michel Vitold ... Smola
Jean Bouise ... Boss of factory
László Szabó ... Secret policeman
Monique Chaumette
Guy Mairesse Guy Mairesse ... Le médecin
Marc Eyraud Marc Eyraud ... Un politique
Gérard Darrieu Gérard Darrieu ... Un policier
Gilles Ségal
Charles Moulin Charles Moulin
Nicole Vervil
Georges Aubert Georges Aubert ... Tonda
André Cellier André Cellier
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Storyline

Anton Ludvik, aka Gerard, is vice-minister of Foreign Affairs of Czechoslovakia. He realizes he is watched and followed. One day, he is arrested and put into jail, in solitary confinement. We are shown the mental tortures during the investigation and how a faithful top-ranking civil servant is made to confess to treason. Based on the true story of Czechoslovakian communist Artur London. Written by Yepok

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Costa-Gavras who gave us "Z" now gives us "The Confession"


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Country:

France | Italy

Language:

French | Spanish

Release Date:

9 December 1970 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Black and White (archive footage)| Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

French censorship visa #35756. See more »

Quotes

A.L.: [on hearing that a traitor was discovered in the Party] I hope the tree isn't hiding the forest.
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Connections

Featured in Costa Gavras and Peter Cowie on 'State of Siege' (2015) See more »

Soundtracks

L'Aveu (Générique)
Written by Giovanni Fusco, Orchestrated by Jacques Météhen
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When Communists Turn Against Each Other
6 October 2017 | by evanston_dadSee all my reviews

"The Confession" is an uber-bleak film that stars Yves Montand as a loyal member of the Communist party who is turned on and made a scapegoat of when the party becomes paranoid about informers. He is imprisoned and systematically tortured until he admits to crimes against the party he didn't actually commit. Simone Signoret has a much smaller role as his wife, who sees her home invaded by Communist party thugs during the time in which her husband is in prison.

"The Confession" I think provides a good illustration of the pitfalls of Communism, which, despite its merits on paper, rarely works as an actual system. Those who adhere to it feel too persecuted to remain secure for long, and they turn against each other, convinced of double crossings and disloyalty to the party. It reminded me very much of the excellent novel "Darkness at Noon," which similarly examines the ways in which Communism eventually falls apart in practice.

I can't say I necessarily enjoyed "The Confession." It's extremely one-note; the film doesn't really have much of a dramatic arc. It's not able to marry the qualities of political expose and thriller the way another of director Costa-Gavras's classics, "Z," is. But I would still recommend it.

Grade: B+


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