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Egon Schiele: Excess and Punishment (1980)

Egon Schiele - Exzesse (original title)
The life of cursed painter Egon Shiele, specialized in nudes, and on his late conflicting love for two women.

Director:

Herbert Vesely
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Mathieu Carrière ... Egon Schiele
Jane Birkin ... Wally
Christine Kaufmann ... Edith Harms
Kristina van Eyck ... Adele Harms
Karina Fallenstein ... Tatjana von Mossig (as Nina Fallenstein)
Ramona Leiß Ramona Leiß ... Gerti
Marcel Ophüls ... Dr. Stowel
Robert Dietl ... Benesch
Dany Mann Dany Mann ... Mrs. Stowel
Guido Wieland Guido Wieland ... Mr. von Mossig
Angelika Hauff ... Schiele's mother
Helmut Dohle Helmut Dohle ... Gustav Klimt
Herbert Fux ... 1st Gendarm
Manfred Titz Manfred Titz ... 2nd Gendarm
Fritz Goblirsch Fritz Goblirsch ... Bistranek
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In 1912, in Austria, the painter Egon Schiele is sent to jail accused of pornography with the nymphet Tatjana in his erotic paints. His mate, the model Vally, gets help from a famous lawyer to release him. Then he leaves Vally, marries with another woman and goes to the war. Written by lament

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The Artist, the madness, the sex & Jane Birkin.

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Biography | Drama

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Country:

West Germany | France | Austria

Language:

German

Release Date:

1980 (Austria) See more »

Also Known As:

Egon Schiele - Exzess und Bestrafung See more »

Filming Locations:

Vienna, Austria See more »

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Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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David Bowie had been tapped to star in an Egon Schiele biography " Wally " In 1978 with Clive Donner directing and also starring Charlotte Rampling but the funding fell through. See more »

Alternate Versions

Theatrical version has different versions of nudity scenes, which includes female genitals close-ups, excluded from the DVD edition of the movie. See more »

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PRETENTIOUS AND EMPTY BIOGRAPHY
6 July 1999 | by J. SteedSee all my reviews

Herbert Vesely was one of the promises for a new German cinema already in the 50's, but after the 60's his star was already dimmed. He made a small number of films in the 70's and 80's, all non too good. This biography of Egon Schiele, one of the most important Austrian artists, is an example of the pretensions and emptiness of a Vesely-film of later date.

The life of Schiele is presented here as a puzzle; well, Vesely thinks that Schiele's life was a puzzle: the core of the story is centered around the famous 1912 pornography trial and using this as base the film shows fragments of past and future. The problem is that it never becomes a unity and that the order of scenes and sequences seems to be at random: a cut-and-paste job that could have had any other result. Indeed, after seeing it twice I am almost convinced of it that a unsatisfactory linear thought-out film was changed into the puzzle in the editing room. Egon Schiele was an enigmatic man, but not a total puzzle, and this film does not bring him any closer.

The films also fails in conveying the eroticism and meaning of the Schiele's paintings: the camera watches and glides over the models without any understanding of Schiele's intentions, we only see beautiful naked bodies. If interested in Schiele, you better buy a book with his works in stead.


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