"Circle of Deceit"
Directed by Volker Schlondorff
Volker Schlondorff (The Tin Drum) creates a
rich, humanist character study set amidst the turmoil of the Lebanese civil
war, filmed on location in Beirut. A German reporter (Bruno Ganz), eager to
forget his failed marriage, escapes to a war-torn Beirut to cover the war.
The daily flirts with danger and death and an affair with a German ex-pat (Fassbinder
regular Hanna Schygulla) breeds an undeniable cynicism and causes him to
question his morals and intentions. "...a balanced, thoughtful, extremely
moving vision of wartime tragedy" (Janet Maslin, The New York Times).
German with English subtitles. 108 minutes.