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Lulu (1980)

The story of a sexually enticing young dancer who rises up in society through her relationships with wealthy men, but later falls into poverty and prostitution, culminating in an encounter with Jack 'the Ripper'.

Director:

Walerian Borowczyk
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Anne Bennent ... Lulu
Michele Placido ... Schwarz
Jean-Jacques Delbo Jean-Jacques Delbo ... Doctor Goll
Hans-Jürgen Schatz Hans-Jürgen Schatz ... Alwa Schoen
Bruno Hübner Bruno Hübner ... Schigolch
Beate Kopp Beate Kopp ... Baroness Geschwitz
Carlo Enrici Carlo Enrici ... Monsieur Hunidei
Pierre Saintons Pierre Saintons ... Kungu Poti
Udo Kier ... Jack the Ripper
Heinz Bennent ... Dr. Schoen
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Carla Angeloni Carla Angeloni
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Storyline

The story of a sexually enticing young dancer who rises up in society through her relationships with wealthy men, but later falls into poverty and prostitution, culminating in an encounter with Jack 'the Ripper'.

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Genres:

Drama

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Details

Country:

France | Italy | Germany

Language:

French

Release Date:

March 1980 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Los amantes de Lulú See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Fujicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Excellent adaptation of the Wedekind classic
24 July 2015 | by spacewoodySee all my reviews

Controversial Polish art-house director Borowczyk brings to life Wedekind's infamous femme fatale in a wonderful little film that is at once funny, despairing, beautiful, ugly... it's about sexual obsession, yet never exploitative or crass.

Filmed much like a play in three acts, there is much thought in the casting, music, and sets. You really get transported to the era.

Sadly forgotten, and little seen by movie fans, the one flaw I could find was the dubbing, as one reviewer mentioned. An international co- production, the use of actors from different countries meant no matter what version you watch, someone's lips will be ridiculously off from the dialogue: a common problem with European films of the 70s & 80s. I suggest the German version: since the majority of actors were (fittingly) German, including the leads, you get the maximum amount of accurate sync-sound dialogue, and can better appreciate the acting.

Hopefully, with Borowczyk's films being rediscovered, we will see a restored blu-ray soon.


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