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Baal (1970)

Not Rated | | Drama | TV Movie 7 January 1970
Baal explores the cult of the genius, an anti-heroic figure who chooses to be a social outcast and live on the fringe of bourgeois morality.

Writers:

Bertolt Brecht (play), Volker Schlöndorff (teleplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Rainer Werner Fassbinder ... Baal
Sigi Graue Sigi Graue ... Ekart
Margarethe von Trotta ... Sophie
Günther Neutze Günther Neutze ... Mech
Hanna Schygulla ... Luise
Marian Seidowsky ... Johannes
Irmgard Paulis Irmgard Paulis ... Johanna
Wilmut Borell Wilmut Borell ... Mjurk
Christine Schuberth ... Stripperin Sabitka (as Christine Schubert)
Walter Sedlmayr Walter Sedlmayr ... Anwalt Pschierer
Günther Kaufmann ... Kutscher Orgauer
Miriam Spoerri Miriam Spoerri ... Emilie Mech
Johannes Buzalski ... Penner bei Prozession
Carla Egerer Carla Egerer ... Junges Weib (as Carla Aulaulu)
Michael Gempart ... Mann mit Kamm
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Baal explores the cult of the genius, an anti-heroic figure who chooses to be a social outcast and live on the fringe of bourgeois morality.

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Drama

Certificate:

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Country:

West Germany

Language:

German

Release Date:

7 January 1970 (West Germany) See more »

Filming Locations:

Munich, Bavaria, Germany See more »

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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The widow of Bertolt Brecht, Helene Weigel, was extremely unsatisfied with this adaptation. On her behalf, the film was removed from public release. Only in 2011 the granddaughter of Brecht allowed the film to be restored and publicly shown (the restored version was released in 2014). See more »

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Featured in Rainer Werner Fassbinder, 1977 (1977) See more »

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The antithesis of high-budget computer-generated videogame-influenced movies!
11 October 2018 | by story@well.comSee all my reviews

To me, Schlöndiorff's "Baal" is the greatest film of both S. as director and Fassbinder as actor. Also, an astonishingly accurate film version of Brecht's early play. What does it say, and what does it mean? I'm not at all ready to judge. Apparently Brecht's widow opposed the release for about 50 years ... which is as inexplicble as Berg's widow opposing that of the magnificent third act of "Lulu". Thank you all so much.


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