L'aveu / The Confession (1970) 2 x DVD9 and Blu-Ray Criterion Collection
"The Confession" is the real-life story of Artur London, a loyal Communist who certified his credentials by serving with the International Brigade in Spain and with the Communist anti-Nazi underground in France, and by a long term in a Nazi concentration camp. In 1949, Mr. London returned to his native Czechoslovakia from France to become Under Secretary for Foreign Affairs in the Communist Government of President Klement Gottwald. Two years later, along with 13 other leading Czech Communists (11 of whom were Jewish), Mr. London was arrested for treason and espionage and found guilty in what became known as the "Slansky trial."

The Slansky trial, named for the secretary general of the Czech Communist party, who was also a defendant, was one of the last major gasps of the Stalinist purges that began with the Moscow trials in the 1930's. All of the Slansky defendants were found guilty and all but three, including Mr. London, were executed.

"The Confession," is the story of a believer's ultimate betrayal by his belief, of intolerable physical torture and psychological harassment (London is urged to confess to crimes he did not commit to prove his loyalty to the party), and, finally, of survival.

Director: Costa-Gavras
Cast: Yves Montand, Simone Signoret, Gabriele Ferzetti
Country: France, Italy
Genre: Drama, Thriller

• You Speak of Prague: The Second Trial of Artur London, a 1970 on-set documentary by set photographer Chris Marker, featuring Costa-Gavras, source book coauthor Artur London, actors Yves Montand and Simone Signoret, and screenwriter Jorge Semprъn (31:04)
• Portrait London, a 1981 French program featuring Artur and Lise London discussing their experiences as political prisoners (11:26)
• Interview with Montand from 1970 (7:12)
• New interview with editor Franзoise Bonnot (17:14)
• One-hour conversation between Costa-Gavras and film scholar Peter von Bagh from 1998 (1:04:49)
• New interview with John Michalczyk, author of Costa-Gavras: The Political Fiction Film (7:32)

2 x DVD9 | NTSC 16:9 | 02:18:49 | 7.61 Gb + 7.65 Gb + 3% rec
Language: Francais
Subtitles: English

BD50 | 1080p AVC | 02:18:59 | 44.4 Gb + 3% rec
Language: Francais
Subtitles: English

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