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Passions (1972)

Leidenschaften (original title)
A young German Jesus-like figure journeys somewhat aimlessly through the poverty of Glasgow's Gorbals, New York, and Calcutta, encountering eccentrics and misfits as he travels, before ... See full summary »

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Fritz Mikesch
Tony Carroll ...
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Tally Brown
Diana
Yotuya Nagaragawa
Mino Kurata
Roberto Queen of Sheba
Florence Sum
Jamie To ...
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Carmen Parecmita
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A young German Jesus-like figure journeys somewhat aimlessly through the poverty of Glasgow's Gorbals, New York, and Calcutta, encountering eccentrics and misfits as he travels, before reaching some sort of peace in Hawaii. Written by Des de Moor <dirkje@dircon.co.uk>

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27 November 1992 (Germany)  »

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50 Jahre rosa Leidenschaften  »

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Odd but intringuing
24 March 1999 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

An odd and intriguing early work if you've seen this maverick German director's later films. On one level it has shares with the French new wave tradition the spontaneity that comes from shooting cheaply on location and dubbing on dialogue later with little respect for lip-synch; on another level it presents carefully constructed imagery, often of a religious nature, in saturated Super-8 (the hero's progress is presumably intended to be something of a pilgrimage), which looks forward to the works of Jarman. Praunheim's trademark preoccupation with the bizarre diversity of human life is there in his usual array of misfits, queens and transsexuals; but there is also his political edge, presenting the poverty of Calcutta and Glasgow as a crush on the human spirit, trapping its victims into ignorance. A definite oddity.


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