The Confession The Confession

The Confession

Costa-Gavras

 
The Confession (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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  • France, Italy
  • 1970
  • 138 minutes
  • Color
  • 1.66:1
  • French
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  • Spine #759

The master of the political thriller, Costa-Gavras became an instant phenomenon after the mammoth success of Z, and he quickly followed it with the equally riveting The Confession. Based on a harrowing true story from the era of Soviet bloc show trials, the film stars Yves Montand as a Czechoslovak Communist Party official who, in the early fifties, is abducted, imprisoned, and interrogated over a frighteningly long period, and left in the dark about his captors’ motives. Also starring Simone Signoret and Gabriele Ferzetti, the film is an unflinching, intimate depiction of one of the twentieth century’s darkest chapters, told from one bewildered man’s point of view.

Cast

Artur London/GérardYves Montand
Lise LondonSimone Signoret
KohoutekGabriele Ferzetti
SmolaMichel Vitold
Factory bossJean Bouise

Credits

DirectorCosta-Gavras
Book byArtur London and Lise London
Adaptation and dialogueJorge Semprún
Produced byRobert Dorfmann and Bertrand Javal
CinematographyRaoul Coutard
EditingFrançoise Bonnot
MusicGiovanni Fusco
Production designBernard Evein

Disc Features

  • New 2K digital restoration, supervised by director Costa-Gavras, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • You Speak of Prague: The Second Trial of Artur London, a 1970 on-set documentary by set photographer Chris Marker, featuring Costa-Gavras, source book coauthor Artur London, actors Yves Montand and Simone Signoret, and screenwriter Jorge Semprún
  • Portrait London, a 1981 French program featuring Artur and Lise London discussing their experiences as political prisoners
  • Interview with Montand from 1970
  • New interview with editor Françoise Bonnot
  • One-hour conversation between Costa-Gavras and film scholar Peter von Bagh from 1998
  • New interview with John Michalczyk, author of Costa-Gavras: The Political Fiction Film
  • New English subtitle translation
  • PLUS: An essay by film scholar Dina Iordanova

    New cover by Adam Maida

Film Essays

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The Confession: Enthralling Absurdity

By Dina Iordanova May 29, 2015

A shocking chapter of Soviet Czechoslovakian history is dramatized in Costa-Gavras’s controversial follow-up to Z. Read more »

Interviews


Film Essays

Confession2_thumbnail

The Confession: Enthralling Absurdity

By Dina Iordanova May 29, 2015

A shocking chapter of Soviet Czechoslovakian history is dramatized in Costa-Gavras’s controversial follow-up to Z. Read more »


Interviews

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