19-year-old Tomek whiles away his lonely life by spying on his opposite neighbour Magda through binoculars. She's an artist in her mid-thirties, and appears to have everything - not least a... See full summary »
Ben Sanderson, an alcoholic Hollywood screenwriter who lost everything because of his drinking, arrives in Las Vegas to drink himself to death. There, he meets and forms an uneasy friendship and non-interference pact with prostitute Sera.
An almost accidental romance is kindled between a German woman in her mid-sixties and a Moroccan migrant worker around twenty-five years younger. They abruptly decide to marry, appalling everyone around them.
Rainer Werner Fassbinder
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While looking for an apartment, Jeanne, a beautiful young Parisienne, encounters Paul, a mysterious American expatriate mourning his wife's recent suicide. Instantly drawn to each other, they have a stormy, passionate affair, in which they do not reveal their names to each other. Their relationship deeply affects their lives, as Paul struggles with his wife's death and Jeanne prepares to marry her fiance, Tom, a film director making a cinema-verite documentary about her. Written by
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the original X-rated version (just recently rerated NC-17) is possibly my favorite tragic romance that i've ever seen. Marlon Brando delivers a fierce impassioned performance that has yet to be equaled by himself or any other actor. surprisingly, the much debated sex scenes (did they really do it?) aren't really explicit from a nudity aspect (not much is shown.) but what they DON'T show makes the scenes that much more erotic and realistic.
my only complaints is the the last third is a little too drawn out and the ending could have been constructed better, but those are moot points.
any fanatic of classic cinema should have this film in their collections. and anyone that wants to see how to make a great tragically romantic film should view this one repeatedly.
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