Circle of Deceit (DVD)
Directed by Volker Schlöndorff
Shot on location in the still smoldering streets of Beirut, Circle of Deceit is a film of riveting tension and passionate eloquence now available for the first time on US DVD and video. Director Volker Schlandorff (The Legend of Rita, The Ogre, The Tin Drum) combines war film verve, documentary immediacy, and a "superb cast" (The Christian Science Monitor) to yield a violent yet character-rich film that's both politically charged and personally moving.
Grateful for a respite from his imploding marriage, Hamburg newspaperman Georg (Bruno Ganz - Luther, Wings of Desire) arrives in civil war-torn Beirut to chronicle the bloody Lebanese war. Inside a shell-pitted hotel, Georg and his photographer colleague Hoffman (cult director Jerzy Skolimowski - Deep End, The Shout) join a cynical 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 always just a trigger pull away from becoming executions. When Georg's affair with a beautiful German ex-pat widow (Fassbinder icon Hanna Schygulla) evolves into something more than an indulgence, Beirut's bloody whirlpool of brutality threatens to claim Georg's neutrality and his civilized self-control.
Without taking sides or pulling punches, Schlandorff's meticulous direction renders both the lethal chaos of urban warfare and the moral tug-of-war of modern Mid-East politics with equally sensitive precision. Probing an ethical minefield of journalism, exploitation, war, and murder, Circle of Deceit is hauntingly compassionate, shockingly realistic, and "a superior film in every respect." (Leonard Maltin, Movie & Video Guide)
DVD Extras Include:
- The making of Circle of Deceit (1981, 29 min., w/English commentary by Volker Schlöndorff)
- An interview with Volker Schlöndorff (2004, 15 min., in English)
- Stills gallery
- Optional English subtitles
- Enhanced for 16X9 TVs
"...A balanced, thoughtful, extremely moving vision of wartime tragedy." - Janet Maslin, The New York Times
"(four stars)" - Leonard Maltin, Movie & Video Guide
Interested in bringing Circle of Deceit to your school or library? If you'd like to have an in-class viewing, on-campus screening, or purchase the DVD for your library's collection, please contact Estelle Grosso or call (212) 629-6880 with your request.
Circle of Deceit may also be available with Public Performance Rights (PPR) and Digital Site Licensing (DSL) for colleges and universities. To purchase the DVD with PPR or DSL, please contact Estelle Grosso or call (212) 629-6880. Click here to learn more at Kino Lorber Edu.
Murder, disguise, lurking figures, secret chambers and mad scientists are brought to cinematic life in this British…' https://t.co/pHi405gB39'
RT' @KLStudioClassic': Coming February 16th! The Underneath (1995) • Audio Commentary by Film Historian and Critic Peter Tonguette • Theatri…
RT' @JustTheDiscsPod': New' @KinoLorber' arrival: PLAY MISTY FOR ME (1971) — includes a Tim Lucas commentary & more!' https://t.co/KwwqAPQPvQ' h…
RT' @KLStudioClassic': Coming February 9th! The Hills Run Red (1966) • Audio Commentary by Filmmaker Alex Cox • Theatrical Trailer • Dual-La…
RT' @KLStudioClassic': The “SHOCTOBER SALE” Continues!' https://t.co/D2TDfeI6TA' Over 530 Blu-rays and DVDs - $4.99 & Up! And Don’t forget our…
RT' @KLStudioClassic': Coming February 2nd on Blu-ray & DVD! Stiletto (1969) • Brand New 4K Master • Audio Commentary by Film Historian Davi…
RT' @KLStudioClassic': Coming February 9th! MAN FROM DEL RIO | THE RIDE BACK (Anthony Quinn Double Feature) • Brand New HD Masters by MGM •…
RT' @KLStudioClassic': Coming February 9th! So Evil My Love (1948) • Brand New 2K Master • Audio Commentary by Film Historian Imogen Sara Sm…
RT' @KLStudioClassic': Coming February 16th! Jetsons: The Movie (1990) • Audio Commentary by Author/Film Historian Lee Gambin • Audio Interv…
Inquiries & Press
333 W. 39th St., Ste. 503
New York, NY 10018
Tel. (800) 562-3330
Fax. (212) 714-0871
Press & Media
For publicity assistance and press inquiries please contact us by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 212-629-6880.