Carlos

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.

Film Info

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

Special Features

DIRECTOR-APPROVED SPECIAL EDITION

  • 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

Purchase Options

Special Features

DIRECTOR-APPROVED SPECIAL EDITION

  • 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
Carlos
Cast
Édgar Ramírez
Ilich Ramirez Sanchez (a.k.a. Carlos)
Alexander Scheer
Johannes Weinrich
Nora Von Waldstatten
Magdalena Kopp
Ahmad Kaabour
Wadie Haddad
Christoph Bach
Hans-Joachim Klein (a.k.a. Angie)
Rodney El-Haddad
Anis Naccache (a.k.a. Khalid)
Julia Hummer
Gabriele Kröcher-Tiedemann (a.k.a. Nada)
Rami Farah
Joseph
Zeid Hamdan
Youssef
Talal el-Jurdi
Kamal al-Issawi (a.k.a. Ali)
Fadi Abi Samra
Michel Moukharbal (a.k.a. André)
Aljoscha Stadelmann
Wilfried Böse (a.k.a. Boni)
Katharina Schüttler
Brigitte Kuhlmann
Jule Bowe
German militant
Juana Acosta
Carlos's girlfriend
Martha Higareda
Amparo
Jean-Baptiste Malartre
Ambassador in The Hague
Olivier Cruveiller
Captain Jean Herranz
André Marcon
General Philippe Rondot
Nicolas Briançon
Maître Jacques Vergès
Jean-Baptiste Montagut
Erik
Razane Jammal
Lana Jarrar
Credits
Director
Olivier Assayas
Producer
Daniel Leconte
Writers
Olivier Assayas
Writers
Dan Franck
Based on an original idea by
Daniel Leconte
Historical adviser
Stephen Smith
Executive producer
Raphael Cohen
Coproducers
Jens Meurer
Coproducers
Judy Tossell
Cinematographers
Yorick Le Saux
Cinematographers
Denis Lenoir
Set design
François-Renaud Labarthe
Costumes
Jurgen Doering
Editor
Luc Barnier
Sound
Nicolas Cantin
Sound
Nicolas Moreau

From The Current

Carlos: What the Film Wanted

Carlos: What the Film Wanted

No preconceptions. No rehearsals. No rules. Assayas's on-the-fly bio is exhilaratingly all over the map.

By Greil Marcus

On Film / Essays — Sep 26, 2011
Carlos: Sudden Death

Carlos: Sudden Death

Toward the end of Olivier Assayas's Carlos, a young French diplomat's wife goes to answer the door of their flat in Beirut and is greeted by a huge bunch of flowers—which immediately disappears to reveal a gun that shoots her in the middle of the f…

By Colin MacCabe

On Film / Essays — Sep 26, 2011