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The Ogre

The Ogre

A Feature film by Volker Schlöndorff

Produced by Renn Productions

Release in France : 02/10/1996

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Executive Producer :

Renn Productions

Foreign production companies :

Studio Babelsberg, Recorded Picture Company

French distribution :


Co-production :

France 2 Cinéma

Film exports/foreign sales :

StudioCanal Films Limited

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Frenchman Abel Tiffauges likes children, and wants to protect them against the grown-ups. Falsely suspected as child molester, he's recruited as a soldier in the 2nd World War, but very soon he is taken prisoner of war. After shortly serving in Goerings hunting lodge, he becomes the dogsbody in Kaltenborn Castle, an elite training camp for German boys. Completely happy to take care of these children, he becomes a servant of Nazism, catching boys from the area as supplies for the camp.

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"The most French of German directors, Volker Schlöndorff here follows up with the same relish the evocation of Nazism first touched upon in "The Tin Drum". In both films, his appeal to the fantastic makes for a transmutation of sordid horror into a grandiose opera of universal scope. "The Tin Drum" was Hitler as seen by Tom Thumb, here "The Ogres" rally to the cause. (...) Images, editing, sets, music : comment seems pointless in the face of Schlöndorff's consummate skill in springing traps and disarming obstacles. Little by little, from the depths of a mild and murky fascination surfaces the unease required of lucidity which gives way to a thankful bewilderment before the gripping subtlety of the tale that has enchanted us. Two astounding performances give added power to the role of Abel. Caspar Salmon, whose acting really shone through in "L'Elève", plays Abel the child. Followed up by John Malkovich, who brings his cool intensity, and offbeat serenity to bear upon this unlikely and immature magus of war-time disaster.(...)"
(Pierre Billard - Le Point)

Full credits (13)

Executive Producer :

Claude Berri

Producers :

Volker Schlöndorff, Jeremy Thomas

Director of Photography :

Bruno de Keyzer

Sound Assistant :

Steven Ghouti

Press Attachés (film) :

Dominique Segall, Marco Martin

Production Designers :

Ezio Frigerio, Didier Naert

Costume designer :

Anna Sheppard

Author of original work :

Michel Tournier

Screenwriter :

Jean-Claude Carrière

Sound Recordist :

Karl-Heinz Laabs

Assistant Operator :

Daniel Leterrier

Editor :

Nicolas Gaster

Music Composer :

Michael Nyman

Technical details

Feature film

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Sub-genre :

Literary adaptation , Drama, Philosophical tale

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Production language :

German, English

Coproducer countries :

France, Germany, Great Britain

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Nationality :

Majority French (France, Germany, Great Britain)

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Runtime :

1 h 58 min

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Audio format :

Dolby SRD

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