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Palermo or Wolfsburg (1980)

Palermo oder Wolfsburg (original title)
An impoverished young man from Sicily travels to Wolfsburg, West Germany to find work. He takes a job in the Volkswagen factory after he travels through Northern Italy by train.

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Werner Schroeter

Writers:

Werner Schroeter (screenplay), Giuseppe Fava (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Nicola Zarbo Nicola Zarbo ... Nicola
Otto Sander ... Staatsanwalt
Ida Di Benedetto Ida Di Benedetto ... Giovanna
Magdalena Montezuma ... Rechtsanwältin
Johannes Wacker Johannes Wacker ... Richter
Antonio Orlando Antonio Orlando ... Antonio
Brigitte Tilg Brigitte Tilg ... Brigitte Hahn
Gisela Hahn ... Brigittes Mutter
Calogero Arancio Calogero Arancio ... Zarbo - Nicolas Vater
Cavaliere Comparato Cavaliere Comparato ... Großgrundbesitzer
Padre Pace Padre Pace ... Pfarrer
Harry Baer ... Hausbestzer
Ula Stöckl Ula Stöckl ... Schöffin
Tamara Kafka Tamara Kafka ... Zeugin
Ines Zamurovic Ines Zamurovic ... Dolmetscherin
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An impoverished young man from Sicily travels to Wolfsburg, West Germany to find work. He takes a job in the Volkswagen factory after he travels through Northern Italy by train.

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Language:

Italian | German

Release Date:

4 March 1981 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Palermo See more »

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Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Soundtracks

Das Konzert für Violine und Orchester 'Zum Andenken eines Engels'
Music by Alban Berg
Performed by Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks (as Bayerischen Rundfunkorchester)
Conducted by Rafael Kubelík (as Raffael Kubelik)
Deutsche Grammphongesellschaft
(Kat. Nr. 2530033)
Universal Edition AG, Wien
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7 August 2001 | by ItalianGerrySee all my reviews

Werner Schroeter has fashioned a compelling personal epic about an 18-year-old Sicilian, Nicola, who emigrates to Germany. There he works in a Volkswagen factory, falls in love, and painfully adjusts to a new and incomprehensible way of life. When he realizes his girlfriend is just using him, Nicola strikes out in violence at her two boyfriends. Like BREAD AND CHOCOLATE, the film is about the estrangement of the outsider in what is seen as an alien and hostile society. The only difference is that this not a comedy. It also bears some similarities to Visconti's ROCCO AND HIS BROTHERS, with its theme of the corrupting influence of modern industrial society. The film is neatly divided into two parts, the Sicilian half, with its sunny, warm photographic style and the German half, which becomes grayish and grim. Nicola Zarbo is fine in the lead role among a cast of mostly unknown performers. At three hours the film is a trifle too long but thoroughly involving.


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