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Satan's Brew (1976)

Satansbraten (original title)
Walter, a German anarchist poet, is short of money after his publisher refuses to give him an advance. He tries various ways of raising money, including shooting one of his mistresses and ... See full summary »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Kurt Raab ... Walter Kranz
Margit Carstensen ... Andrée
Helen Vita ... Luise Kranz
Volker Spengler ... Ernst Kranz
Ingrid Caven ... Lisa
Y Sa Lo Y Sa Lo ... Lana von Meyerbeer
Ulli Lommel ... Lauf
Armin Meier Armin Meier ... Stricher
Katherina Buchhammer Katherina Buchhammer ... Irmgart von Witzleben
Vitus Zeplichal Vitus Zeplichal ... Urs
Brigitte Mira ... Mutter Kranz
Hannes Kaetner Hannes Kaetner ... Vater Kranz
Peter Chatel ... Eugen
Heli Finkenzeller
Marquard Bohm ... Rolf
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Storyline

Walter, a German anarchist poet, is short of money after his publisher refuses to give him an advance. He tries various ways of raising money, including shooting one of his mistresses and relying on the life savings of a woman from the country who is fanatically devoted to him. He also has to contend with his long-suffering wife, his fly-obsessed crazy brother, his other mistress and a police murder investigation. Written by Philip Apps <apps@math.wisc.edu>

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Country:

West Germany

Language:

German

Release Date:

2 March 1977 (Denmark) See more »

Also Known As:

Satan's Brew See more »

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Budget:

DEM 600,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Quotes

Lauf: My name is Lauf, criminal investigation department. That man, is he an acquaintance of yours?
Lisa: A lover.
Lauf: A good one?
Lisa: Sometimes.
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Referenced in Die 120 Tage von Bottrop (1997) See more »

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uh, different! it is understandable that there are some bad reviews
7 June 2012 | by marymorrisseySee all my reviews

I can't give Fassbinder less than a 6 or 7 for anything. this "screwball comedy" effort is nothing if not unique. it has a very fast "noises off" type quality and might play better on stage with lightning quick changes/entrances and exits etc.

as it is... it's not unamusing but I have to admit I was ... not any more impressed with it the 2nd time I saw it than I was the first. "mannered" would be another word to describe it. the phrase "busy busy busy" also comes to mind. it would not have suffered from having the Volker "Ficken Fliegen" character removed and the enormouos number of times people spit at one another might have been lessened to no loss of comedic effect.

for me "the bitter tears of petra von kant" is a brilliant but very black comedy. this more overt "haha" attempt to deliver laughs... falls short in a lot of ways, leaving various components with elements left to be desired shall we say... yeah I guess I feel certain that a somewhat toned down version of this film would be a superior one.

still just for originality I'll give it a 7


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