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Querelle (1982)

French sailor Querelle arrives in Brest and starts frequenting a strange whorehouse. He discovers that his brother Robert is the lover of the lady owner, Lysiane. Here, you can play dice ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Lieutenant Seblon
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Lysiane
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Roger Bataille
Hanno Pöschl ...
Robert / Gil
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Nono
Burkhard Driest ...
Mario
Roger Fritz ...
Marcellin
Dieter Schidor ...
Vic Rivette
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Paulette (as Nadja Brunkhorst)
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Betrunkener Legionär (as Robert v. Ackeren)
Werner Asam ...
Arbeiter
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Mädchen
Axel Bauer ...
Arbeiter
Neil Bell ...
Theo
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Storyline

French sailor Querelle arrives in Brest and starts frequenting a strange whorehouse. He discovers that his brother Robert is the lover of the lady owner, Lysiane. Here, you can play dice with Nono, Lysiane's husband : if you win, you are allowed to make love with Lysiane, if you lose, you have to make love with Nono... Querelle loses on purpose... Written by Yepok

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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It will take you into a surreal world of passion and sexuality, further than most would dare to go. [Video Australia]

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Drama

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

8 September 1982 (France)  »

Also Known As:

Matrosen och stjärnan  »

Box Office

Budget:

DEM 4,400,000 (estimated)
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

According to "Genet: A Biography" (1993) by Edmund White, the film was originally going to be directed by Werner Schroeter but finance couldn't be raised with him as director. Both Sam Peckinpah and John Schlesinger were considered to direct before in the end German filmmaker Rainer Werner Fassbinder was hired to helm the film. See more »

Quotes

Narrator: And humility can only be born of humiliation, otherwise it is nothing but vanity.
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Soundtracks

Each Man Kills The Thing He Loves (Instrumental)
Composed By [Musique Composée Par] David Ambach, Peer Raben
Directed By [Dirigée Par], Orchestrated By [Orchestrée Par] Peer Raben
(P) Schlicht Musikverlage, 1982 RCA/Ciné Music
© Schlicht Musikverlage
Published and Licensed by Musikverlage Hans Wewerka
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Fascinating Effort
6 March 1999 | by (Cleveland, Ohio USA) – See all my reviews

This attempt to film Genet is commendable in tackling so difficult a work. Fassbinder's scenery is so obviously studio sets that the film takes on a "filmed play" quality. The color is beautiful, and the cast is very attractive. I had difficulty in following the proceedings, and much of the printed quotatons were puzzling. Some of the fantasy inserts were likewise confusing. But the strong cast made up for many of these weak points and raised the film to a level it would otherwise never have achieved. It is still lesser Fassbinder, but an often fascinating film to watch.


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