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Gods of the Plague (1970)

Götter der Pest (original title)
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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Gods of the Plague  »

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DEM 180,000 (estimated)
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1.37 : 1
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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

Günther: [dying words, after killing Carla] Life is very precious... even right now.
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Maskenball der Tiere
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Performed by Karl Valentin
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'I'm looking for the Gorilla.'
15 March 2017 | by See all my reviews

I think the more bitter you are, the more you understand a Fassbinder film. Some of them I just don't get at all, but in ten years time I should be there.

Something I always find so funny about Fassbinder's films is that he directed his actors -- with the exception of Hanna Schygulla, who had a very different, sensual aura -- to perform as if they would rather be anywhere else in the world but there; it's almost as if he's standing behind the camera with a loaded gun, forcing them to do it.. which may actually have been the case, now that I think about it. His films are more 'depressed' than 'depressing'. It's a style that not everyone can appreciate.

'Gods of the Plague' is an early Fassbinder film, a weird film noir crime tribute/pastiche with no jokes and some really interesting cinematography.


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