Sunday, November 21, 2010

Pince-Nez Sightings: "Colonel Redl"

This Hungarian movie made in 1985 was remarkable. It is based on the actual story of the Austrian intelligence chief prior to, and during World War I. Colonel Alfred Redl was played by Klaus Maria Brandauer. He started out as a devoted follower of the monarchy and attended a military academy. Sadly, he ended up a traitor as he was blackmailed by the Russians for being gay. It is a very moving work and I highly recommend seeing it.

This movie had its share of pince-nez wearers. Below are two stills taken from the movie. I don't find these styles particularly attractive but they add a great deal of character to the movie.

My favorite character in the movie was the sinister Archduke, played brilliantly by Armin Mueller-Stahl.


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