Coup De Grace (1976)


Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5

Original title:  Der Fangschuss

France/West Germany, 1976.  Argos Films, Bioskop Film, Hessischer Rundfunk.  Screenplay by , , , based on the novel by .  Cinematography by .  Produced by , , Volker Schlondorff.  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  

Interesting but not quite invigorating drama by Volker Schlondorff, this one’s greatest asset is a terrific performance by . Based on the novel by Marguerite Yourcenar, it features von Trotta as an aristocrat in revolutionary Russia who has a burning passion for a staid, inexpressive Prussian soldier (). His rejection of her is not taken very well, and she becomes obsessed with him to the point where the world events surrounding her become completely unimportant. Its photography is beautiful, but the drama plays out dryly until the twist at the end that, these days, isn’t all that shocking. Schlondorff creates a strong sense of atmosphere and von Trotta really is mesmerizing.

The Criterion Collection:  #192

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