Nacht der Gaukler (1996)

Genres - Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Political Satire, Political Thriller  |   Run Time - 90 min.  |   Countries - Switzerland  |  
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The orderly life of a quiet civil servant living in a nameless Central European police state becomes a chaotic nightmare after he accidentally sees masked men dressed as harlequins murder the minister of defense. After witnessing such a horrible crime, the naive Koska immediately goes to the police. As a result, Lubitsch, the murderous minister of justice -- who has designs on becoming the country's new dictator and so wants to blame the defense minister's death on terrorists -- targets poor Koska for death. The first assassination attempt fails and Koska flees to his neighbor and only trusted friend Marlene, an enigmatic ballet instructor who helps him survive.

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criminal, assassination, civil-servant, hitman, killing, murder, on-the-run, police, witness