Carlos Carlos


Olivier Assayas

Carlos (Criterion Blu-Ray)


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  • France, Germany
  • 2010
  • 339 minutes
  • Color
  • 2.35:1
  • English, Arabic, German, Spanish, Hungarian, Japanese, Russian
  • Spine #582

Carlos, directed by Olivier Assayas, is an epic, intensely detailed account of the life of the infamous international terrorist Ilich Ramírez Sánchez—also known as Carlos the Jackal. One of the twentieth century’s most wanted fugitives, Carlos was committed to violent left-wing activism throughout the seventies and eighties, orchestrating bombings, kidnappings, and hijackings in Europe and the Middle East. Assayas portrays him not as a criminal mastermind but as a symbol of seismic political shifts around the world, while the magnetic Édgar Ramírez brilliantly embodies him as a swaggering global gangster. Criterion presents the complete, uncut, director-approved, five-and-a-half-hour version of Carlos.


Ilich Ramirez Sanchez (a.k.a. Carlos)Édgar Ramírez
Johannes WeinrichAlexander Scheer
Magdalena KoppNora Von Waldstatten
Wadie HaddadAhmad Kaabour
Hans-Joachim Klein (a.k.a. Angie)Christoph Bach
Anis Naccache (a.k.a. Khalid)Rodney El-Haddad
Gabriele Kröcher-Tiedemann (a.k.a. Nada)Julia Hummer
JosephRami Farah
YoussefZeid Hamdan
Kamal al-Issawi (a.k.a. Ali)Talal el-Jurdi
Michel Moukharbal (a.k.a. André)Fadi Abi Samra
Wilfried Böse (a.k.a. Boni)Aljoscha Stadelmann
Brigitte KuhlmannKatharina Schüttler
German militantJule Bowe
Carlos's girlfriendJuana Acosta
AmparoMartha Higareda
Ambassador in The HagueJean-Baptiste Malartre
Captain Jean HerranzOlivier Cruveiller
General Philippe RondotAndré Marcon
Maître Jacques VergèsNicolas Briançon
ErikJean-Baptiste Montagut
Lana JarrarRazane Jammal


DirectorOlivier Assayas
ProducerDaniel Leconte
WritersOlivier Assayas and Dan Franck
Based on an original idea byDaniel Leconte
Historical adviserStephen Smith
Executive producerRaphael Cohen
CoproducersJens Meurer and Judy Tossell
CinematographersYorick Le Saux and Denis Lenoir
Set designFrançois-Renaud Labarthe
CostumesJurgen Doering
EditorLuc Barnier
SoundNicolas Cantin and Nicolas Moreau

Disc Features


  • High-definition digital transfer, supervised by cinematographers Denis Lenoir and Yorick Le Saux, with DTS-HD Master Audio on the Blu-ray edition
  • New video interviews with director Olivier Assayas, actor Édgar Ramírez, and Lenoir
  • Selected-scene commentary featuring Lenoir
  • Carlos: Terrorist Without Borders, an hour-long documentary on the career of Carlos
  • Archival interview with Carlos associate Hans-Joachim Klein, by Jean-Marcel Bougreau and Daniel Leconte
  • Maison de France, a feature-length documentary on a Carlos bombing not included in the film
  • Twenty-minute making-of documentary on the film’s OPEC raid scene
  • Original theatrical trailer
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring new essays by critics Colin MacCabe and Greil Marcus, as well as a timeline of Carlos’s life and biographies of selected figures portrayed in the film, written by Carlos’s historical adviser, Stephen Smith

    New cover by Sam Smith

Press Notes

Press Notes: Carlos

October 05, 2011

Critics agree that withCarlos, his three-part, five-and-a-half-hour megabiopic about the international terrorist Ilich Ramírez Sánchez, French director Olivier Assayas is firing on all . . . Read more »


Carlos: What the Film Wanted

By Greil Marcus September 26, 2011

No preconceptions. No rehearsals. No rules. Assayas’s on-the-fly bio is exhilaratingly all over the map. Read more »


Carlos: Sudden Death

By Colin MacCabe September 26, 2011

Olivier Assayas’s volatile, epic drama is “the best movie about terrorism ever made.” Read more »

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Carlos (Criterion DVD)


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SRP: $49.95

Criterion Store price:$39.96

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