Die Sehnsucht der Veronika Voss (Veronika Voss) 1981 M
1.00PM Sun 24 Jun 2018
GOMA | Cinema A | Free
The last instalment of the BRD Trilogy and Fassbinder's penultimate film, Veronika Voss is loosely based on the life of German actress Sybille Schmitz. When she was shunned for continuing to act in films during the Third Reich, Schmitz became addicted to morphine at the hands of an unscrupulous doctor and eventually committed suicide. Like Schmitz, Veronika Voss (Rosel Zech) is a once-beloved Nazi starlet, now languishing in relative obscurity but desperate for a comeback. When she meets a reporter named Robert Krohn (Hilmar Thate) in a chance encounter, he becomes captivated by her and the two begin an affair, much to the ire of Krohn's girlfriend (Cornelia Froboess). As Krohn finds himself drawn deeper into Voss's world, he uncovers a shocking secret: a ruthless physician has been plying Voss with opiates as a means to rob her blind. Enlisting the help of his girlfriend, Krohn becomes determined to save Voss from a tragic fate. Taking motifs from Fritz Lang and recalling Sunset Boulevard, Veronika Voss is shot in sumptuous black and white that lends it a particularly authentic feel.
M | Mature themes and coarse language, Sexual references, drug use and nudity
35MM, 1.66:1, BLACK AND WHITE, MONO, 104 MINUTES, WEST GERMANY, GERMAN/ENGLISH (ENGLISH SUBTITLES) / DIRECTOR: RAINER WERNER FASSBINDER / SCRIPT: RAINER WERNER FASSBINDER, PEA FRÖHLICH, PETER MÄRTHESHEIMER / CINEMATOGRAPHER: XAVER SCHWARZENBERGER / EDITOR: JULIANE LORENZ / PRODUCTION DESIGNER: ROLF ZEHETBAUER / ART DIRECTOR: WALTER E RICHARZ / COSTUME DESIGNER: BARBARA BAUM / MUSIC: PEER RABEN / CAST: ROSEL ZECH, HILMAR THATE, CORNELIA FROBOESS / PRODUCTION CO: SÜDDEUTSCHER RUNDFUNK, STUTTGART; LAURA FILM, MUNICH; TRIO-FILM, DUISBURG; TANGO-FILM, MUNICH; MARAN FILM, MUNICH, RIALTO FILM, BERLIN / PRINT SOURCE: JANUS FILMS / RIGHTS: BAVARIA MEDIA