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Palermo oder Wolfsburg (1980)

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Nicola Zarbo ...
Nicola
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Staatsanwalt
Ida Di Benedetto ...
Giovanna
Magdalena Montezuma ...
Rechtsanwältin
Johannes Wacker ...
Richter
Antonio Orlando ...
Antonio
Brigitte Tilg ...
Brigitte Hahn
Gisela Hahn ...
Brigittes Mutter
Calogero Arancio ...
Nicolas Vater
Cavaliere Comparato ...
Großgrundbesitzer
Padre Pace ...
Pfarrer
Harry Baer ...
Hausbestzer
Ula Stöckl ...
Schöffin
Tamara Kafka ...
Zeugin
Ines Zamurovic ...
Dolmetscherin
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Palermo czy Wolfsburg  »

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1.66 : 1
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Soundtracks

Das Konzert für Violine und Orchester 'Zum Andenken eines Engels'
Music by Alban Berg
Performed by Bayerischen Rundfunkorchester
Conducted by Rafael Kubelík (as Raffael Kubelik)
Deutsche Grammphongesellschaft
(Kat. Nr. 2530033)
Universal Edition AG, Wien
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7 August 2001 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Werner Schroeter has fashioned a compelling personal epic about an 18-year-old Sicilian, Nicola, who emigrates to Germany. There he works in a Volkswagen factory, falls in love, and painfully adjusts to a new and incomprehensible way of life. When he realizes his girlfriend is just using him, Nicola strikes out in violence at her two boyfriends. Like BREAD AND CHOCOLATE, the film is about the estrangement of the outsider in what is seen as an alien and hostile society. The only difference is that this not a comedy. It also bears some similarities to Visconti's ROCCO AND HIS BROTHERS, with its theme of the corrupting influence of modern industrial society. The film is neatly divided into two parts, the Sicilian half, with its sunny, warm photographic style and the German half, which becomes grayish and grim. Nicola Zarbo is fine in the lead role among a cast of mostly unknown performers. At three hours the film is a trifle too long but thoroughly involving.


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