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In a Year with 13 Moons (1978)

In einem Jahr mit 13 Monden (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama | 11 June 1980 (USA)
A transgender woman tries to salvage something from the wreckage love has made of her life by confronting her anguished past, hoping to find ultimate acceptance among quondam acquaintances and herself.
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Volker Spengler ... Erwin / Elvira Weishaupt
Ingrid Caven ... Die rote Zora
Gottfried John ... Anton Saitz
Elisabeth Trissenaar ... Irene Weishaupt
Eva Mattes ... Marie-Ann Weishaupt
Günther Kaufmann ... J. Smolik, Chauffeur
Lilo Pempeit Lilo Pempeit ... Schwester Gudrun (as Lieselotte Pempeit)
Isolde Barth ... Sybille
Karl Scheydt ... Christoph Hacker
Walter Bockmayer Walter Bockmayer ... Seelenfrieda
Peter Kollek Peter Kollek ... Saeufer
Bob Dorsay Bob Dorsay ... Selbstmörder
Gerhard Zwerenz Gerhard Zwerenz ... Burghard Hauser, Schriftsteller
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Storyline

This drama follows the last few days in the life of Elvira (formerly Erwin) Weisshaupt. Years before, Erwin told a co-worker, Anton, that he loved him. "Too bad, you aren't a woman," he replied. Erwin took Anton at his word. Trying to salvage something from the wreckage love has made of his life, he now hopes that Anton will not reject him again. Written by Erik Gregersen <erik@astro.as.utexas.edu>

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Country:

West Germany

Language:

German

Release Date:

11 June 1980 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

In a Year with 13 Moons See more »

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Budget:

DEM700,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Theme from 'Amarcord'
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Fassbinder's best
12 February 1999 | by Igor-18See all my reviews

Fassbinder's genius is making you feel as trapped and desperate as Elvira, you really feel empathy for the character. Only the visit with her family is there a brief respite from her pain. Kudos for Fassbinder for his good taste in using Suicide's "Frankie Teardrop" on the soundtrack--a song about a man who feels trapped, but directs his anger outward, rather than inward, like Elvira.


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