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In a Year with 13 Moons (1978)
"In einem Jahr mit 13 Monden" (original title)

Not Rated  |   |  Drama  |  11 June 1980 (USA)
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This drama follows the last few days in the life of Elvira (formerly Erwin) Weisshaupt. Years before, Erwin told a co-worker, Anton, that he loved him. "Too bad, you aren't a woman," he ... See full summary »

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Ingrid Caven ...
Die rote Zora
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Anton Saitz
Elisabeth Trissenaar ...
Irene Weishaupt
Eva Mattes ...
Marie-Ann Weishaupt
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J. Smolik, Chauffeur
Lilo Pempeit ...
Schwester Gudrun (as Lieselotte Pempeit)
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Sybille
Karl Scheydt ...
Christoph Hacker
Walter Bockmayer ...
Seelenfrieda
Peter Kollek ...
Saeufer
Bob Dorsay ...
Selbstmörder
Gerhard Zwerenz ...
Burghard Hauser, Schriftsteller
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This drama follows the last few days in the life of Elvira (formerly Erwin) Weisshaupt. Years before, Erwin told a co-worker, Anton, that he loved him. "Too bad, you aren't a woman," he replied. Erwin took Anton at his word. Trying to salvage something from the wreckage love has made of his life, he now hopes that Anton will not reject him again. Written by Erik Gregersen <erik@astro.as.utexas.edu>

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DEM 700,000 (estimated)
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The tape-recorded narration heard throughout the film (particularly during the final scene) was not scripted. Volker Spengler (playing Elvira Weishaupt) and Rainer Werner Fassbinder recorded the narration together, with Fassbinder asking questions and Spengler responding in character. In the final cut of the film, Fassbinder's voice is edited out. See more »

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Symphony No. 5 - 4. Adagietto
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Fassbinder's best
12 February 1999 | by (Virginia USA) – See all my reviews

Fassbinder's genius is making you feel as trapped and desperate as Elvira, you really feel empathy for the character. Only the visit with her family is there a brief respite from her pain. Kudos for Fassbinder for his good taste in using Suicide's "Frankie Teardrop" on the soundtrack--a song about a man who feels trapped, but directs his anger outward, rather than inward, like Elvira.


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