Despair

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Overview

Having made as many films as he had years, at 31, Rainer Werner Fassbinder essayed a slightly different approach for his 32nd film, Despair. Here, he uses a witty screenplay written by the well-known playwright Tom Stoppard, based on a novel by Vladimir Nabokov. Furthermore, the entire film, set in 1930s Germany, is in English. It received mixed reviews, if only because it is so unlike the director's other works. In the story, a Russian owner of a German chocolate-factory, whose business and marriage are both on ...
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Overview

Having made as many films as he had years, at 31, Rainer Werner Fassbinder essayed a slightly different approach for his 32nd film, Despair. Here, he uses a witty screenplay written by the well-known playwright Tom Stoppard, based on a novel by Vladimir Nabokov. Furthermore, the entire film, set in 1930s Germany, is in English. It received mixed reviews, if only because it is so unlike the director's other works. In the story, a Russian owner of a German chocolate-factory, whose business and marriage are both on the rocks, fantasizes about leaving his current life, and living another one. Indeed, he has delusions that he is somehow outside himself, watching himself live his life. So strong is his desire to alter his life that when he encounters a tramp while on a brief business trip, he imagines that the man looks exactly like him, decides to exchange identities with the tramp, and murders him.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/7/2011
  • UPC: 887090028707
  • Original Release: 1978
  • Source: Olive Films
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Vistavision (1.66:1)
  • Sound: Dolby Digital Stereo
  • Time: 2:01:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 37,201

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Dirk Bogarde Hermann Herman
Andréa Ferréol Lydia Herman
Volker Spengler Ardalion
Klaus Löwitsch Felix Weber
Alexander Allerson Mayer
Isolde Barth
Hark Bohm Doktor
Ingrid Caven Hotel Receptionist
Liselotte Eder Secretary
Roger Fritz Inspector Braun
Voli Geiler Madam
Adrian Hoven Inspector Schelling
Gottfried John Perebrodov
Peter Kern Muller
Y Sa Lo Elsie
Armin Meier 1st and 2nd Twin and Foreman
Bernhard Wicki Orlovius
Hans Zander Muller's Brother
Technical Credits
Rainer Werner Fassbinder Director
Michael Ballhaus Cinematographer
Reginald Beck Editor
Lutz Hengst Executive Producer, Producer
Juliane Lorenz Editor
Peter Märthesheimer Producer
Edward R. Pressman Producer
Peer Rabin Score Composer
Dagmar Schauberger Costumes/Costume Designer
Tom Stoppard Screenwriter
Franz Walsch Editor
Rolf Zehetbauer Art Director
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Despair
1. Opening [:11]
2. The Chocolate Factory [8:40]
3. Doppelganger [23:22]
4. The Plan [13:44]
5. The Painting [18:41]
6. Brothers [14:34]
7. Confusion [17:04]
8. A Fugitive [8:50]
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Disc #1 -- Despair
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