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Die Sehnsucht der Veronika Voss
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Release Date:
18 February 1982 (West Germany) See more »
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Plot:
Munich, 1955: A sports journalist meets Veronika Voss, an UFA actress who supposedly had an affair with Goebbels... See more » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
4 wins See more »
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Günther Kaufmann obituary
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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)
Rosel Zech ... Veronika Voss
Hilmar Thate ... Robert Krohn
Cornelia Froboess ... Henriette
Annemarie Düringer ... Dr. Marianne Katz
Doris Schade ... Josefa
Erik Schumann ... Dr. Edel
Peter Berling ... Filmproduzent / Dicker Mann
Günther Kaufmann ... G.I. / Dealer (as Günter Kaufmann)
Sonja Neudorfer ... Verkäuferin
Lilo Pempeit ... Chehm
Volker Spengler ... 1. Regisseur
Herbert Steinmetz ... Gärtner
Elisabeth Volkmann ... Grete
Hans Wyprächtiger ... Chefredakteur
Peter Zadek ... 2. Regisseur
Johanna Hofer ... Alte Frau
Rudolf Platte ... Alter Mann

Armin Mueller-Stahl ... Max Rehbein
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Harry Baer ... Head waiter (uncredited)

Rainer Werner Fassbinder ... Kinobesucher (uncredited)
Tamara Kafka ... Ärztin (uncredited)
Georg Lehn ... Gardener (uncredited)
Juliane Lorenz ... Secretary (uncredited)
Peter Lühr ... Mr. Treibel (uncredited)
Dieter Schidor ... Kripobeamter (uncredited)
Thomas Schühly ... Propagandaminister (uncredited)
Karl-Heinz von Hassel ... Asylum doctor (uncredited)
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Directed by
Rainer Werner Fassbinder 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Rainer Werner Fassbinder 
Pea Fröhlich 
Peter Märthesheimer 

Produced by
Rainer Werner Fassbinder .... co-producer
Thomas Schühly .... producer
Bertram Vetter .... producer: SDR
Horst Wendlandt .... co-producer
 
Original Music by
Peer Raben 
 
Cinematography by
Xaver Schwarzenberger 
 
Film Editing by
Juliane Lorenz 
 
Production Design by
Rolf Zehetbauer 
 
Art Direction by
Walter E. Richarz  (as Walter Richarz)
 
Costume Design by
Barbara Baum 
 
Makeup Department
Gerd Nemetz .... makeup artist
Anni Nöbauer .... makeup artist (as Anna Nöbauer)
 
Production Management
Michael Bohnstengel .... unit manager
Wulf Gasthaus .... unit manager
Michael McLernon .... unit manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Harry Baer .... assistant director
Tamara Kafka .... assistant director
Karin Viesel .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Frank D. Geuer .... property master (as Frank Geuer)
Thomas Schappert .... property master
 
Sound Department
Rupert Medele .... sound assistant (as Ruppert Medele)
Vladimir Vizner .... sound
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Ekkehard Heinrich .... lighting technician
Suzanne Phillip .... second assistant camera
Michael Stöger .... key grip
Josef Vavra .... assistant camera (as Sepp Vavra)
Leo Weisse .... still photographer
 
Casting Department
Helga Fischer .... extras casting
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Elisabeth Blanke .... costume assistant
Monika Jacobs .... costume assistant
 
Editorial Department
Angelika Deumling .... assistant editor
 
Other crew
Gisela Schneider .... production secretary
Ursula Wöhrl .... production accountant
 
Thanks
Gerhard Zwerenz .... dedicatee
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Die Sehnsucht der Veronika Voss" - West Germany (original title)
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Runtime:
104 min
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Trivia:
Based on the true story of German film star Sybille Schmitz.See more »
Quotes:
Veronika Voss:You've given me a great deal of happiness.
Dr. Marianne Katz:I sold it to you.
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Movie Connections:
Spoofed in Grindhouse (2007)See more »
Soundtrack:
High On A HilltopSee more »

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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
Haunting and beautiful period piece, 6 October 2011
Author: tomgillespie2002 from United Kingdom

This sumptuous black and white period piece, tells the story of a once famous film star, Veronika Voss (Rosel Zech). After a chance encounter on a bus with Robert Krohn (Hilmar Thate), there lives are entwined, with Krohn finding himself trapped in a cat-and-mouse search for Voss's sanity, her past lives, and the many sycophants and gold diggers in 1950's Germany. Voss, now struggling to find work after a highly successful period, particularly in the 1940's, is addicted to drugs and alcohol and has paranoid delusions when out on the street; Krohn is pulled into this as he did not recognise who she was, and she vaguely sees him as protection.

One of the last of Fassbinder's films - he died of an overdose (the official conclusion was suicide) in 1982 - which was also the last of a trilogy focusing on Germany's economic boom in the 1950's (the others being The Marriage of Maria Braun (1979) and Lola (1981)), the film also reflects some of the themes that the New German Cinema at the time. It was a time that Germany was reflective of World War 2, and the trauma that prevailed in a country torn between guilt and a resurgence of decadence and wealth as in the 1920's Weimar Republic. It is stated in the film that Voss's best period was during this period, and that she had been the star of Nazi Germany. After the fall of Nazi domination, she was cast aside.

Like Billy Wilder's Sunset Boulevard (1950), Veronika Voss highlights an industry that can easily create monsters, and also devastate lives. But unlike Wilder's subtle version of lost fame, Fassbinder shows the devastating effects of drug addiction, and the underbelly of society that is encountered in this process. Historically though, this is deeper and a hell of a lot more emotionally charged and interesting than Sunset. After all, this is not a Hollywood story, but is a post-World War 2 story of judgement, and loss after such a integrally debasing event in human history. How do you continue after working under the despotic power of the Nazi party? The elements of Nazi Germany are still in process, in the form of Veronika's control.

The film is said to be based upon the real-life German film actress, Sybille Schmitz, who died of an overdose in 1955 at the tender age of 45. The film shows shows that the shadow of the war had a lasting effect on the German nation, that would take decades to come to terms with. This is film making par excellence. Haunting, beautiful, with a climax that is inevitable, shocking, but very satisfactory. Rosel Zech's performance is pitch perfect, her face in a constant state of anguish.

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