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|CARLOS (TV mini-series) (director/writer: Dan Franck/based on an idea by Daniel Leconte; cinematographers: Yorick Le Saux/Denis Lenoir; editors: Luc Barnier/Marion Monnier; cast: Édgar Ramírez (Ilich Ramírez Sánchez/“Carlos”), Juana Acosta (Carlos’s Girlfriend), Alexander Scheer (Johannes Weinrich), Nora von Waldstätten (Magdalena Kopp), Ahmad Kaabour (Wadie Haddad), Christoph Bach (Hans-Joachim Klein/“Angie”), Rodney el-Haddad (Anis Naccache/“Khalid”), Julia Hummer (Gabriele Kröcher-Tiedemann/“Nada”), Rami Farah (“Joseph”), Zeid Hamdan (“Youssef”), Gabriele Krocher-Tiedemann (Nada), Talal El-Jordi (Ali); Runtime: 330; MPAA Rating: NR; producer: Daniel Leconte; IFC Films; 2010-France-in English, French, Spanish, Japanese, German, Arabic, Russian and Hungarian, with English subtitles); screenwriters:|
|"Mesmerizing 5-hour-30-minute biopic."
Reviewed by Dennis Schwartz
this mesmerizing 5-hour-30-minute biopic, made for a French
It chronicles the revolutionary life of the
image-conscious egotistical Venezuelan born Ilich
terrorist Carlos (Édgar
covers the period
from 1973 to 1994 of the idealist-turned-mercenary and, though
fictionalized, supposedly sticks close to the known
about the terrorist who was dubbed by the press as
Carlos the Jackal.
"Carlos" is based
on an idea by Daniel
Leconte, and is co-written by Dan
Franck and Assayas.
In the early 1970s
signs on as a foot
in the anti-Zionist Popular Front for the Liberation
Palestine, headed by Wadie
Beirut. With that, Ilich changes his
name to Carlos and begins a number of violent and
botched missions for
the terrorist group that include his gun jamming
assassination attempt as he wounds the Zionist who is
head of London's
Marks & Spencer department store, is involved with
kidnapping attempt at the French embassy at the Hague,
German terrorist cell attack that results in the
firing of a rocket
launcher on an El Al flight at Orly that hits the
wrong target, bombs a
Jewish-owned Paris drugstore, and his group of radical
leftists take 42
OPEC ministers hostage and demand a plane to take them to Algiers, on Dec.
20, 1975, at a meeting in Vienna. The womanizer Carlos
globe-trotting with forged passports, marries German
(Nora von Waldstätten). But she eventually leaves
him to care for
their daughter in Venezuela and then after three years returns to her
native Frankfurt. A bloated
has-been Carlos, posing as a middle-aged Syrian
businessman, knows his
time will soon be up as he's forced out of Syria.
Carlos, now married
to a Muslim, seeks contact with extremists in Iran and
professes to be
a believer in the Islamic fundamentalists. In 1994
he's ratted out by a
former comrade (Talal
was arrested in
the Sudan while suffering from a benign tumor in the
returned to France, and is now serving a life sentence
in a French
Carlos's colorful life
Marxist ideologue, a gun-toting terrorist fighting
capitalist imperialists, is made into a monumental
pic. Though Carlos
is a contemptible figure, the
docudrama delivers nonstop action and makes no missteps
trying to explain
this vile character.
REVIEWED ON 12/19/2010 GRADE: A-
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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