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The Ogre

The Ogre

A Feature film by Volker Schlöndorff

Produced by Renn Productions

Release in France : 02/10/1996

    Synopsis

    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.

    Source : IMDb

    Actors (22)

    Production and distribution (5)

    Executive Producer :

    Renn Productions

    Foreign production companies :

    Studio Babelsberg, Recorded Picture Company

    French distribution :

    AMLF

    Co-production :

    France 2 Cinéma

    Film exports/foreign sales :

    StudioCanal Films Limited

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    Subject

    "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

    Genres :

    Fiction

    Sub-genre :

    Literary adaptation , Drama, Philosophical tale

    Themes :

    Childhood

    Production language :

    German, English

    Coproducer countries :

    France, Germany, Great Britain

    Original French-language productions :

    Unknown

    Nationality :

    Majority French (France, Germany, Great Britain)

    Production year :

    1996

    French release :

    02/10/1996

    Runtime :

    1 h 58 min

    Current status :

    Released

    Visa number :

    88.637

    Visa issue date :

    06/09/1996

    Approval :

    Yes

    Production formats :

    35mm

    Color type :

    Color

    Aspect ratio :

    1.85

    Audio format :

    Dolby SRD

    Posters (2)

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