Carlos

Carlos

DVD - 2011 | Arabic
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An epic, intensely detailed account of the life of the infamous international terrorist Ilich Ramirez Sanchez - also known as Carlos the Jackal. One of the twentieth century's most wanted fugitives, Carlos was committed to violent left-wing activism throughout the seventies and eighties, orchestrating bombings, kidnappings, and hijackings in Europe and the Middle East.

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lukasevansherman
Jan 23, 2016

At first I was put off by its length (5 1/2 hours) and then, given French director Olivier Assayas reputation for delicate art films ("Clouds of Sils Maria," "Summer Hours"), I thought it'd be slow. However, Assayas shows himself to be a surprisingly confident director of action and globe trotting adventure. Originally released as a 3-part miniseries, "Carlos" follows the career of the notorious leftist terrorist/mercenary Carlos the Jackal, who fought for various radical causes and, most spectacularly, engineered the siege on the OPEC conference in 1975. Spanning many years and many countries, "Carlos" is a sweeping, immersive, and thrilling film with an intense, charismatic performance by Venezuelan actor Edgar Ramirez. Ramirez plays Carlos both as a true believer and as an opportunist, who relished the media attention and, despite his leftist politics, loved women, good clothes, and alcohol. It winds down a little towards the end as Carlos loses his purpose and his support and ends up as a fugitive until finally being captured in 1994. It has some similarities with Soderberg's 2-part "Che." Highly recommended.

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movie20
Oct 11, 2012

Long, but good. The actor who played Carlos was excellent.

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Vivica
Aug 19, 2012

Very interesting...the deconstruction
of a myth ... after all is said and done...he turns out to be just your every day "run-of-the-mill" sociopathic douche-bag. Definitely worth the watch.

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downsman
Jul 31, 2012

Enjoyable and informative mini-series about the self-styled anti-imperialist "soldier" who was part mercenary, part murderous/psychopathic terrorist, part romantic Marxist and part womanising playboy. The anti-imperialist states that funded, encouraged or sheltered the "freedom fighter" at various times (Libya, Iraq, East Germany, Syria, etc) were all busy repressing their own people. Perhaps that irony is more obvious now though.

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ask4j
Mar 05, 2012

historical drama covering more than two decades in the life of the legendary 1970s terrorist known as Carlos the Jackal. Filmed as a three-part French miniseries, it was cut to three hours to make it more palatable to theatrical audiences--Nola.com

you have to google to find out what anything is about!

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jimg2000
Jan 08, 2012

Wonderful story telling about the development of the terrorist Carlos and his horrible/daring acts as a cell leader until his capture.

Glencoe_Mike Nov 09, 2011

Long, thrilling miniseries/movie about Carlos the Jackal. Perhaps the third part could have been tightened up a bit, but overall brilliant.

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