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Coup de Grace (The Criterion Collection)
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- New high-definition transfer with improved subtitle translation
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It is set towards the beginning of the 20th century at a time when the world was convulsed with KIngs and Queens and those that profited thereby fighting off change; when Nationalism had poisoned the minds of millions; when revolution and world war had laid waste a generation of European men.Read more ›
When I watched Coup de Grace (Der Fangschuss, 1978), a beautifully presented Criterion release, I didn't see the link to the other Schlondorff films. Coup de Grace is about the end of the Russian Civil War in 1919 Latvia. In a fascinating interview with Schlondorff and Margarethe von Trotta, the leading actress in Coup de Grace, they both explain in fluent French that many of the combatants returned to Germany to found the Nazi party.
Schlondorff worked as an assistant to many French directors in the early 1960s, including Louis Malle, Alain Resnais and Jean-Pierre Melville, to whom Coup de Grace is dedicated, and is a leader of the New German Cinema. The films listed in this review only scratch the surface. There are dozens of excellent Schlondorff films yet to be discovered.
To the reviewer who wants to know why the Germans were there; most of the Baltic States (Latvia, Estonia, and Lithuania) had large german populatiosn (most cities had German speaking majorities). In fact cities like Memel(Klapadia) and Riga were founded by Germans in the 1200 and 1300's under control of the Teutonic Knights. Even when muh of the area came under the Tsar's rule, the elite of the region remained the German noble and aristocrats. This film depicts the beginning of the end of this era after WWI when these areas gained independence from Russia. It came to a much sadder and bloodier end at the end of WWII when most Germans were expelled or murdered by the Soviets.
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