Colonel Redl details
|Starring:||Gudrun Landgrebe, Hans Christian Blech, Armin Mueller-Stahl, Klaus Maria Brandauer, Jan Niklas|
|Run time:||2 hours 16 minutes|
|Rental release:||16 Oct 2006|
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Highly intelligent filmBy a customer from London , 23 Feb 2007
[Highly rated reviewer]I love this film. it is so incredibly engrossing and intelligent - it captures the spirit of Europe just before WW1 brilliantly and the personal tragedy of the main character unfolds with great skill.
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Waltz with BrandauerBy Oldbloke (349 reviews) from Sidmouth , 23 Jun 2013Young cadet rises through the ranks of the Austro-Hungarian army to become spymaster to Habsburg heir Franz Ferdinand. Charged with weeding out subversives, he realises too late that his homosexuality and lowly background make him the ideal target for the Archduke's required purge. Once again Brandauer plays a man whose ambition gets the better of him, it's powerful stuff, but I was disappointed by this German dubbed version, because you only get half of what is undoubtedly a great performance.
Head spy tops himself.By FranzFerdinand (22 reviews) , 24 Nov 2011
THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS Show review anywayHideThis is said not to be based on real people. Obst Redel did exist and he was very much the spider in the middle of the Austro Ungarian state network of Intelligence. While many of the characters in the film are fictional Szabo has created a work that does show in particular detail Redl key role in the collapse of that empire. Especially interesting are the biographical details worked into the film. He is destroyed by his blackmail for the liking of boys a definite no-no at that time. In real history he sold out the key military secrets to the Russian empire which led to Austria's collaps and horrific war casualties. But what a film!
Engrossing masterpieceBy a customer from Ely, UK , 10 Feb 2010Apart from the outstanding performance by Klaus Maria Brandauer, the plot is a deeply fascinating tale of the capricious behaviour of governments and their leaders towards their loyal subjects. In that respect, the theme is much the same as that of the more recent masterpiece 'Der Untergang' (Downfall) from 2004.
A glittering webBy blahblahblah (48 reviews) from Sandy , 22 Nov 2009'Colonel Redl' - ambitious, patriotic, honourable young Redl rises from military school to working for the heir to the Habsburg throne in the old Austro-Hungarian Empire, but as he progresses, whispers that he may be homosexual, or of Jewish ancestry, dog his progress. It appeared to have German dubbed over the original Hungarian, but with the camera often pointing towards daylight, giving a luminous effect while the plot darkened, the white (!) subtitles were often lost. Armin Mueller-Stahl plays a chilly, conniving Crown Prince very well. Lots of waltzes. Quote: 'Do you have anyone to say goodbye to?' 70%
superb BrandauerBy jerym (38 reviews) from caerphilly uk , 26 Sep 2009AS others have said truly riveting not quite the equal of Mephisto as I remember but worth watching if just for the superb acting of Brandauer.