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Knife in the Head

  • Film

Time Out says

From a mix of classic American paranoia and German police gangsterism, Hauff weaves a disturbing and suspenseful yarn. Surviving a police bullet, scientist Berthold Hoffmann (Ganz) awakes in hospital as a stranger in his own land: without memory or speech, branded a terrorist by the police and a martyr by leftists - neither of which is 'Hoffmann' - his future depends upon retracing the events of an alien past. Shot in cold and clinical fashion, the film's drive depends upon an atmosphere so angst-laden the characters struggle for breath. Doubly disquieting - for the society it depicts, but even more for the film's own dispassion: a calculated gamble in trying to come to cool, dramatic terms with an impossibly over-dramatic reality. DMacp.
Written by DMacp

Release Details

  • Duration:113 mins

Cast and crew

  • Director:Reinhard Hauff
  • Screenwriter:Peter Schneider
  • Cast:
    • Bruno Ganz
    • Angela Winkler
    • Hans Christian Blech
    • Hans Hönig
    • Hans Brenner
    • Udo Samel
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