Confession, The: The Criterion Collection

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Confession, The: The Criterion Collection

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 perhaps even more 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.


  • Length
  • Rating NR
  • Released:
  • Added Apr 28 2015
  • Production Year 1970
  • Empire SKU 1738311
  • UPC Code 715515144414
  • Studio  Criterion
  • Packaging Keep
  • Number of Discs 2
  • Disc SS-DL
  • Subtitles English


"You Speak of Prague: The Second Trial of Artur London," a 1970 on-set documentary by set photographer Chris Marker, featuring Costa-Gravas, source book coauthor Artur London, actors Yves Montand and Simone Signoret, and screenwriter Jorge Semprun
"Portrait London," a 1981 French program featuring Artur and Lise London discussing their experiences as political prisoners
Conversation between director Costa-Gavras and programmer and scholar Peter von Bagh about the director's life and career, from the 1988 Midnight Sun Film Festival
Interview with actor Montand from 1970
New interview with editor Francoise 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"
Plus: An essay by film scholar Dina Iordanova


  • Audio
    French Dolby Digital Mono
  • Video
    Widescreen 1.66:1 Color

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