Schlöndorff's onetime wife, Margarethe von Trotta, helped write the screenplay and skillfully plays the rebel Sophie in this story, which pits Czarist and Bolshevik parties against one another. What's left in the end is perhaps a foreshadowing of things to come in Europe in the following decades.
Coup de Grâce screens at 2 p.m. today at the Sie FilmCenter, 2510 East Colfax Avenue, as part of the Tattered Cover's ongoing monthly series offering free classic films curated and introduced by Colorado Public Radio film critic Howie Movshovitz; though there is no admission fee, tickets are required and can be reserved at the box office beginning one hour before showtime. Go to denverfilm.org or call 720-381-0813 for details.
Sun., Feb. 2, 2 p.m., 2014