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Gods of the Plague (1970)
"Götter der Pest" (original title)

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A man is released from prison and finds the society on the outside less than appealing. With several women as well as the police on his tail, he sets out to find an old friend.

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Johanna Reiher
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Margarethe
Harry Baer ...
Franz Walsch
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Günther
Carla Egerer ...
Carla Aulaulu (as Carla Aulaulu)
Ingrid Caven ...
Magdalena Fuller
Jan George ...
Polizist
Lilo Pempeit ...
Mutter
Marian Seidowsky ...
Marian Walsch
Micha Cochina ...
Joe
Yaak Karsunke ...
Kommissar
Hannes Gromball ...
Supermarkt-Chef
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Franz Walsch, a small-time hood, is released from jail and searches for his old acquaintances. He finds his girlfriend Johanna and visits his mother with his brother Marian. Women are attracted to Franz, though he is a man of few words and remains emotionless throughout his encounters with them. Johanna becomes jealous when Franz goes off with his new lover Margarethe, and the pair connect with his old buddy Günther, known as the Gorilla. After Marian is murdered, a detective searching for the Gorilla and Franz pressures Johanna into divulging what she knows about them. Written by Will Gilbert

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24 July 1970 (West Germany)  »

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DEM 180,000 (estimated)
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The main character is named Franz Walsch. That's also the name director Rainer Werner Fassbinder often used for his editor credit (including this film). See more »

Quotes

Margarethe: Why do they call you "the Gorilla"?
Günther: Because I'm big and strong... and everyone has to have a name.
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References Adultery (1969) See more »

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Maskenball der Tiere
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Alienation through boredom
2 June 2004 | by (Montreal) – See all my reviews

If only Bayer or Pfizer could bottle this movie for insomniacs, they'd make an even bigger fortune than they do now. Fassbinder proved he could fashion unique cinematic art out of a bunch of people standing around excoriating each other in several of his early pictures, but here the internal tensions never mount and the tropes don't connect. Some claim it to be a homage to film noir, and certainly there is alienation, paranoia and betrayal in spades, as well as iconic visual references to classics like Laura and Double Indemnity. But the moody lighting and framing in his excellent "The American Soldier" are much closer to the noir stylings of Alton and Planer than the arid non-style here.

However, the greatest offense of the film is the inclusion of a seemingly endless, static sequence featuring the playing of a phonograph record of a gimmicky children's tune about an oddball menagerie -- I guarantee you that this nauseating little ditty will echo in your skull for days. At the same time, the subtitlers are owed a great deal of credit for their incisively clever translation of the absurd rhyming couplets into (very British) English.


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