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Colonel Redl
Directed by István Szabó
Written by Péter Dobai
John Osborne (play)
Starring Klaus Maria Brandauer
Studio Jadran Film
MAFILM
Objektív Filmstúdió
Distributed by Orion Pictures (USA)
Release date(s) 1985
Country Hungary
Austria
West Germany
Language German, Hungarian

Colonel Redl (German: Oberst Redl (original title); Hungarian: Redl ezredes ) is a 1985 drama film by Hungarian director István Szabó. It tells the life story of an Austrian Imperial military officer Alfred Redl (played by Klaus Maria Brandauer) who was blackmailed into espionage for the Russian secret service to prevent the revelation of his homosexuality. The screenplay is adapted from British playwright John Osborne's play A Patriot for Me.

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Historical background and plot

Set in the Austro-Hungarian empire in the period before World War I, the film charts the rise of Colonel Redl from a boy at military school, right up to his betrayal, compromise and suicide.

The film also charts the rise of inter-ethnic tensions in Austro-Hungary, which were to bring about the assassination in Sarajevo - Redl is himself a Ruthenian, one of the minor Slavic groups, and ends up suffering because of that.

Redl himself goes from being a fanatical supporter of the Habsburg monarchy, to a pathetic victim, but by that time it is too late for him.

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Awards

The film won the BAFTA Award for Best Foreign Language Film. It was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, but lost to The Official Story.

It won the Jury Prize at the 1985 Cannes Film Festival.[1]

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Awards
Preceded by
Carmen
BAFTA Award for Best Foreign Language Film
1985
Succeeded by
Ran
Preceded by
no award 1984
Kharij (1983)
Jury Prize, Cannes
1985
Succeeded by
Thérèse
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