Despair
Rainer Weiner Fassbinder (1978)

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1978, 119 MINS, W.GERMANY

  • Dir: Rainer Weiner Fassbinder
  • Scr: Tom Stoppard
  • Ph: Michael Ballhaus
  • Ed: Juliane Lorrenz, Franz Walsch
  • Mus: Peer Raben
  • Art Dir: Rolf Zehetbauer

    CAST:

  • Dirk Bogarde
  • Andrea Ferreol
  • Volker Spongier
  • Klaus Lowitsch

    (Bavaria Atelier/SFP/Geria)

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  • Despite a witty, albeit theatrical, script by Tom Stoppard, prolific German director Rainer Weiner Fassbinder does not quite bring off the spirited linguistic innovations, wit and penetrating insights of Vladimir Nabokov's novel; but it is a good try. This tale of an exiled Russian in Germany in the late 1920s, who is driven to a weird murder, emerges over-long.

    Dirk Bogarde, using a generally satisfactory Russo accent, has a pulpy, dim-witted, sensual wife, played in campy period style by Andrea Ferreol. He runs a chocolate factory that is going on the rocks as the Depression hits the world.

    He has strange delusions of seeing another replica of himself watching his carryings-on with his wife or even imagining himself dressed as a budding Nazi going in for macho sadistic sexual actions.

    He insures himself and then, on a business trip, meets a down-and-out whom, he thinks, looks just like him. He decides to use this man in a trumped=up action that may be a holdup, but is aimed at killing the man, passing him off as himself and collecting his insurance.


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    marlon brando | james caan | diane keaton | al pacino
    laurence olivier | clark gable | vivien leigh | leslie howard | alfred hitchcock | robert montgomery | grace kelly
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