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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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Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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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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Trivia

The tape-recorded narration heard throughout the film (particularly during the final scene) was not scripted. Volker Spengler (playing Elvira Weishaupt) and Rainer Werner Fassbinder recorded the narration together, with Fassbinder asking questions and Spengler responding in character. In the final cut of the film, Fassbinder's voice is edited out. See more »

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Soundtracks

Symphony No. 5 - 4. Adagietto
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One of the Best
5 March 2006 | by spazyouthSee all my reviews

I found this movie difficult to watch the first time I saw it, and after the initial shock faded, I found myself drawn back into this tragic tale of a desperate human being. Elviras character has to be one of the most pitifully human in the history of cinema, and the recounting of her last few days alive are rife with powerful imagery ( especially the haunting slaughter-house scene...not for the weak of stomach! Vegans beware!) to convey an extraordinarily beautiful, heart-wrenching tale. The story is loosely based on one of Fassbinder's own lover who committed suicide, and perhaps it is that personal background that infuses the film with a palpable sense of reality... few films have felt more true to me than In a Year of 13 Moons.

Fassbinder's approach in this film is a little different than in say, Ali: Fear Eats the Soul, there is less dialog, perhaps to convey the loneliness and hopelessness of Elvira in her final moments. The acting is superb, and the characters will stay with you long after you turn your TV off. I would recommend the Criterion edition for anyone interested in the film, its chock-cull of extra features, and a really cool introduction by Austin filmmaker Richard Linklater.


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