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Hermann Hesse (novel)
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Release Date:
11 November 1988 (Denmark) See more »
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In the bourgeois circles of Europe after the Great War, can anything save the modern man? Harry Haller... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Max von Sydow ... Harry Haller

Dominique Sanda ... Hermine

Pierre Clémenti ... Pablo
Carla Romanelli ... Maria
Roy Bosier ... Aztec
Alfred Baillou ... Goethe
Niels-Peter Rudolph ... Gustav
Helmut Förnbacher ... Franz
Charles Regnier ... Loering
Eduard Linkers ... Mr. Hefte
Silvia Reize ... Dora
Helen Hesse ... Frau Hefte

Sunnyi Melles ... Rosa (as Judith Melles)

Directed by
Fred Haines 
Writing credits
Hermann Hesse (novel)

Fred Haines (written by)

Produced by
Melvin Fishman .... producer
Richard Herland .... producer
Thilo Theilen .... associate producer
Original Music by
George Gruntz 
Cinematography by
Tomislav Pinter  (as Tom Pinter)
Film Editing by
Irving Lerner 
Art Direction by
Leo Karen 
Costume Design by
Else Heckman 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Ernst Bertschi .... assistant director
Art Department
Mati Klarwein .... painter
Sound Department
Ian Crafford .... sound editor
Bill Rowe .... sound re-recordist
Camera and Electrical Department
Velja Sakota .... assistant camera (as Velija Sakota)
Animation Department
Jaroslav Bradac .... animator
Editorial Department
Petra von Oelffen .... associate editor
Music Department
Charlie Mariano .... musician: saxophone, title theme
Other crew
Roy Bosier .... choreographer
Nada Pinter .... script supervisor
Klaus Dieter Stoltenberg .... video Technician


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107 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Australia:M | Singapore:M18 | UK:X (original rating) | UK:15 (video) | USA:R

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[first lines]
Harry Haller:The day went by just as days go by. I killed it in accordance with my primitive and withdrawn way of life. I worked for an hour or two, had pains, took some opium and lay in a hot bath for two hours. Was glad when the pains consented to disappear. All in all it wasn't exactly a day of rapture. Perhaps the time is come to follow the example of Adalbert Stifter: a fatal accident while shaving...
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Referenced in The American Nightmare (2000)See more »


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5 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
Helped me to appreciate the book., 18 August 2008
Author: alan-467 from United Kingdom

I read Hesse's "Journey To The East" and "Siddhartha" in my early twenties and thought they were excellent, but, when I then tried to read "Steppenwolf", it defeated me after a dozen or so pages. I put it to one side for a few weeks, then tried again, with the same result. The same thing happened for a third time.

Then I saw that the movie was showing at a local art-cinema, so thought I'd go and watch it. I allowed myself to suspend judgement until the end, and found it to be an unforgettable movie. OK - it has several flaws, as other reviewers have highlighted, but it certainly made a strong impression on me. I then went home and read the book from cover to cover. It's still not my favourite Hesse book (that honour goes to Siddhartha), but it is definitely a worthwhile read, and I probably would never have finished it if I hadn't seen the movie.

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