Carlos the Jackal: The Trilogy Blu-ray
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Directed by Olivier Assayas
Produced in 2010
Main Language - French with English subtitles
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French director Olivier Assayas gives the career of notorious 1970s terrorist ‘Carlos the Jackal’ the widescreen treatment in this compelling and complex portrait, says David Perilli.
Director Olivier Assayas gives the career of notorious 1970s terrorist ‘Carlos the Jackal’ the widescreen treatment with stunning results. Similar in ambition to other longer biographies like Mesrine, Carlos paints a complex and unflattering portrait of a lethal historical curiosity.
The series, which is also available in an shorter version edited for cinemas, is a fictional account in three parts. The first covers Carlos’s activities in Europe in the early 1970s in support of the Pro-Palestinian struggle.
The second, and the strongest part, grippingly depicts the 1975 attack on an OPEC meeting in Vienna which made Carlos’s name and where he first starts to renege on his revolutionary principles. Part three follows his declining fortunes through the collapse of communism to his capture by the French in 1994.
Venezuelan actor Edgar Ramírez glistens with charisma as the lead whilst gradually revealing the flaws which led to his downfall. Revel in a bold beefy drama unafraid to switch languages and countries, or even to let up the pace.
The complete five-and-a-half-hour TV mini-series plus the three-hour biopic chronicling 20 years in the life of Venezuelan revolutionary Ilich Ramirez Sanchez, aka Carlos the Jackal. Edgar Ramirez stars in the title role as the ambitious, egotistical, charismatic man who founded a worldwide terrorist organisation and raided the OPEC headquarters in 1975 before finally being captured by the French police.
Publisher: Studio Canal
Length: 180 mins
Format: Blu-ray Colour
Released: 1st November 2010
Cat No: OPTBD1895
- 3 discs
- Three hour movie cut.