Director: Rainer Werner Fassbinder Cast: Dirk Bogarde, Andréa Ferréol, Volker Spengler
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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.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/15/2011
UPC: 0887090028806
Original Release: 1978
Rating: NR
Source: Olive Films
Time: 2:01:00
Sales rank: 13,898

Special Features

The cinema and its double a making-of documentary by Rober Fischer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Dirk Bogarde Hermann Herman
Andréa Ferréol Lydia Herman
Volker Spengler Ardalion
Klaus Löwitsch Felix Weber
Isolde Barth Actor
Ingrid Caven Hotel Receptionist
Liselotte Eder Secretary
Voli Geiler Madam
Y Sa Lo Elsie
Alexander Allerson Mayer
Hark Bohm Doktor
Roger Fritz Inspector Braun
Adrian Hoven Inspector Schelling
Gottfried John Perebrodov
Peter Kern Muller
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
Juliane Lorenz Editor
Peter Märthesheimer Producer
Edward R. Pressman Producer
Peer Raben Score Composer
Dagmar Schauberger Costumes/Costume Designer
Tom Stoppard Screenwriter
Franz Walsch Editor
Rolf Zehetbauer Art Director

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