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Gods of the Plague (1970)

Götter der Pest (original title)
A man is released from prison and finds the society on the outside less than appealing. With several women as well as the police on his tail, he sets out to find an old friend.
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Cast

Cast overview:
Hanna Schygulla ... Johanna Reiher
Margarethe von Trotta ... Margarethe (as Margarete von Trotta)
Harry Baer ... Franz Walsch (as Harry Bär)
Günther Kaufmann ... Günther, 'Gorilla' (as Günther Kauffmann)
Carla Egerer ... Carla Aulaulu (as Carla Aulaulu)
Ingrid Caven ... Magdalena Fuller
Jan George Jan George ... Polizist
Lilo Pempeit Lilo Pempeit ... Mutter
Marian Seidowsky ... Marian Walsch (as Marian Seydowski)
Micha Cochina Micha Cochina ... Joe
Yaak Karsunke Yaak Karsunke ... Kommissar
Hannes Gromball Hannes Gromball ... Supermarkt-Chef
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Storyline

Franz Walsch, a small-time hood, is released from jail and searches for his old acquaintances. He finds his girlfriend Johanna and visits his mother with his brother Marian. Women are attracted to Franz, though he is a man of few words and remains emotionless throughout his encounters with them. Johanna becomes jealous when Franz goes off with his new lover Margarethe, and the pair connect with his old buddy Günther, known as the Gorilla. After Marian is murdered, a detective searching for the Gorilla and Franz pressures Johanna into divulging what she knows about them. Written by Will Gilbert

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Crime | Drama

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Country:

West Germany

Language:

German | French | English

Release Date:

24 July 1970 (West Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Gods of the Plague See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

DEM180,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$11,623, 16 February 2003

Gross USA:

$8,144

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$8,144
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Antiteater-X-Film See more »
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Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

In the hotel, Franz Walsch uses the pseudonym Franz Biberkopf. That's the name of title character of Alfred Döblin's famous novel "Berlin Alexanderplatz", which Fassbinder would adapt to a 13-part TV-miniseries later in his career. See more »

Quotes

Günther: [dying words, after killing Carla] Life is very precious... even right now.
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Connections

References Adultery (1969) See more »

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Maskenball der Tiere
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Performed by Karl Valentin
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very nice, for the real art movie lover
29 August 2003 | by cheese_cakeSee all my reviews

the movie seems to be random events and unconnected characters, but when i watched it the second time everything fell in place. the main character has just got out of jail (this is not explicit, but he walks by a long wall which seems to be circular and confining...see now that's art/clever)...so he gets out of jail and starts contacting people in his life, including girlfriend, brother, brothers abused wife, friends named gorilla and joe, etc...the lead actor did a wonderfull job of expressing the film's many ideologies, initially he seems expressionless but later you understand why he is the way he is...some themes are the trauma of jail (minimal actually), the petty crook mentality, girls and lovers and the futility of getting a job when one's only goal is to live, eat and love. The photography is high contrast black and white. Either they were copying old time russian directors or because they are from theatre they liked the lightning scheme, but i think they just wanted to jar the viewer's perspective and it works, never seen a movie with this type of photography. Highly recommended for the serious movie viewer. geocities.com/free_love98


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