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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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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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The main character is named Franz Walsch. That's also the name director Rainer Werner Fassbinder often used for his editor credit (including this film). See more »

Quotes

Margarethe: Why do they call you "the Gorilla"?
Günther: Because I'm big and strong... and everyone has to have a name.
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Soundtracks

Maskenball der Tiere
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Performed by Karl Valentin
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'I'm looking for the Gorilla.'
15 March 2017 | by sunheadbowedSee all my reviews

I think the more bitter you are, the more you understand a Fassbinder film. Some of them I just don't get at all, but in ten years time I should be there.

Something I always find so funny about Fassbinder's films is that he directed his actors -- with the exception of Hanna Schygulla, who had a very different, sensual aura -- to perform as if they would rather be anywhere else in the world but there; it's almost as if he's standing behind the camera with a loaded gun, forcing them to do it.. which may actually have been the case, now that I think about it. His films are more 'depressed' than 'depressing'. It's a style that not everyone can appreciate.

'Gods of the Plague' is an early Fassbinder film, a weird film noir crime tribute/pastiche with no jokes and some really interesting cinematography.


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Country:

West Germany

Language:

German | French | English

Release Date:

24 July 1970 (West Germany) 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

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1.37 : 1
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