Absorbing, intricately rendered psychological study of an ambitious officer's rise and fall in pre-WWI Austria. Brandauer is excellent as the vain, insecure homosexual ultimately undone by his own ambition and his superior officer's smug loathing. Muller-Stahl and Landgrebe are particularly distinguished among the supporting players. The second in the Szabo/Brandauer trilogy, after "Mephisto" and before "Hanussen." In German with English subtitles.
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Available on VHS, DVD
Running time 142 minutes.
Originally from German, Hungarian.
British Acad. 1985: Foreign Film; Cannes 1985: Special Jury Prize.
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