Set during the fading glory of the Austro-Hungarian empire, the film tells of the rise and fall of Alfred Redl, an ambitious young officer who proceeds up the ladder to become head of the Secret Police only to become ensnared in political deception.
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A Stendhalian 'The Red and The Black' story with a great performance from Brandauer. It traces the tortuous and tragic life of a gifted officer from a humble family who went up to the top military ladder. Caught between the gameplay of History and political manoeuvres and split between his crossroad choices and his devouring ambition,Colonel Redl is a masterful portrait of a conflicted man and his longed aspirations.