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To the Bitter End (1975)

Bis zur bitteren Neige (original title)
15 years ago Paul Jordan was a star in Hollywood musicals. But then he retired from show-biz, married the rich Joan. Now, after being dependent on his wife's money for many years, he's sick... See full summary »

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Paul Jordan
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Joan Jordan
Susanne Uhlen ...
Shirley Jordan
Christine Wodetzky ...
Natascha Petrowna
Karl Renar ...
Mörtl
Balduin Baas ...
Fogosch
Rudolf Fernau ...
Schauberg
Herbert Prikopa ...
Polzfuss
Wolfgang Gasser ...
Schinzel
Heinz Marecek ...
Chuc O'Donovan
Regine Felden-Hatheyer ...
Anita Smetana
Maria Guttenbrunner ...
Jeanette Remy
Fritz Goblirsch ...
Kamera-Assistent
Manfred Spies ...
Jerry
Erich Padalewski ...
Lehrer
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15 years ago Paul Jordan was a star in Hollywood musicals. But then he retired from show-biz, married the rich Joan. Now, after being dependent on his wife's money for many years, he's sick of it and wants to work again. A romantic affair with his stepdaughter Shirley gives him the guts to ask for a role. His former agent gets him one, but it's with a small company in Vienna, Austria. The stress worsens his alcoholism - the tablets he takes to hide the effects lead him to hallucinations. When his wife and girlfriend appear at the same time, he's no longer capable of handling the situation. Written by Tom Zoerner <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>

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23 October 1975 (West Germany)  »

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Unfulfilled potential
1 June 2006 | by (Zurich, Switzerland) – See all my reviews

I watched this because Gerd Oswald made some movies in Hollywood (A Kiss Before Dying, Crime of Passion) which I find interesting. Bis zur bitteren Neige (to the last bitter drop), based on a novel by Johannes Mario Simmel, the Harold Robbins of the German speaking world, is an Austrian production, probably done with a comparatively low budget.

It is not a good movie, the main problem being, so I assume, the necessity of condensing a sprawling storyline into a coherent script. The pacing is bad and abrupt, Characters remain two dimensional and do not develop, some scenes are unnecessary, others seem to be missing. And yet one feels that with a twist here, an addition there, the script and with it the movie would have improved considerably.

The main character, former movie star and kept husband, has a bad drinking problem and the movie somehow shows his death in degrees. Malcolm Lowry's Unter the Volcano is appropriately cited by one of the supporting characters. The alcoholic is at times unable to distinguish between reality and his hallucinations. His starring in a movie far away from Hollywood (in Vienna) strengthens his feeling of disorientation. There is a weak mystery angle to the whole thing (too easy to guess). However, Oswald aptly introduces the viewers to this zone between dream and reality. A woman doctor cares for him as if she was an angel. There are some spooky locations in Vienna, plus some scenes in front of the Belvedere, in the Imperial Coach Collection at Schönbrunn Palace etc. The set designs are pretty good, especially the labyrinthine hotel suite, and seem like an echo of Hollywood melodramas of an earlier age.

French actor Maurice Ronet plays the all washed up main character. He bears a certain resemblance to Tony Curtis. His performance convinced me, he really looks like he is on the brink, muddled, frustrated and scared, with a ravaged face and uncertain movements. He has one great scene when he unexpectedly breaks out of his gloomy mood and performs a dance routine to the tunes of an extremely corny song. The rest of the cast is so-so or outright bad and uninspired, the exception being Christine Wodetzky who plays the afore mentioned guardian angel-doctor.


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