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The Fan (1982)

Der Fan (original title)
Unrated | | Drama, Horror, Music | 4 June 1982 (West Germany)
The hero-worship that Simone has for a pop singer is built to a crescendo until she passes out when she finally sees him up-close in a crowd of fans pushing him for autographs. She is later... See full summary »

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Eckhart Schmidt

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Eckhart Schmidt
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Désirée Nosbusch ... Simone
Bodo Steiger Bodo Steiger ... 'R'
Simone Brahmann Simone Brahmann ... Sekretärin
Jonas Vischer Jonas Vischer ... Vater
Helga Tölle Helga Tölle ... Mutter
Klaus Münster ... Briefträger
Ian Moorse Ian Moorse ... Junge
Wilfried Blasberg Wilfried Blasberg ... Mann mit Hund
Sabine Kueckelmann Sabine Kueckelmann ... B
Claudia Schumann Claudia Schumann ... Mädchen
Nikolai Hoffmann Nikolai Hoffmann ... Manager
Michael Fluehme Michael Fluehme ... Promotion-Mann
Oliver Betz Oliver Betz ... Popper
Doro Hilzinger Doro Hilzinger ... Mädchen
Joachim Fuchsberger ... Mann im Fernsehen
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Storyline

The hero-worship that Simone has for a pop singer is built to a crescendo until she passes out when she finally sees him up-close in a crowd of fans pushing him for autographs. She is later shocked when he lets her know that he does not love her. In an instant, she is caught "in a trance" and feels a murderous urge that is bigger than the both of them. Written by Ørnås

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Er ist ein Star - sie erst 17 - Liebe in Trance ... See more »

Genres:

Drama | Horror | Music | Romance

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Unrated | See all certifications »

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Country:

West Germany

Language:

German

Release Date:

4 June 1982 (West Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

The Fan See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Barbara Moorse Workshop See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

In her contract, popular German TV moderator Désirée Nosbusch agreed to shoot the nude scenes together with 'Bodo Staiger'. After stills from those scenes were published during the marketing campaign of the film, she tried to stop the release. After a long trial that caused a scandal in German press, she finally lost and the film was released in the original version by director Eckhart Schmidt. Schmidt and Nosbusch reconciled their struggle years after that and became friends again. See more »

Alternate Versions

The UK DVD, released by Oracle, had 15 seconds cut by the BBFC; to remove R's (Bodo Steiger) mouth passing across the groin of Désirée Nosbusch (Simone). See more »

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Featured in Eine Kannibalistische Lovestory (2014) See more »

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An aesthetically extrinsic and jarring psychological disquisition.
5 October 2003 | by EyeAskanceSee all my reviews

A doleful, onerous portrait of an obsessed fanatic which is entirely encompassing despite its glacial pace. A mildly dissociative schoolgirl grows increasingly entranced by a popular music artist(a very early '80s Kraftwerk-style fellow), and sets forth with determination to become his lover. Through the course of her efforts, she eventually finds herself in his bed...but when she is handed her wham-bam-thank-you papers, her moment of happiness turns to shock and dismay. Things are far from finalized, however, as the closing moments of this film illustrate in a rattling climax which brilliantly rectifies the brooding monotone of its creeping buildup.

A diagnostic rumination on fanaticism which is stylistically rather dated, yet nonetheless quite penetrating and recommendable.

6.5/10


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