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Day of the Idiots (1981)

Tag der Idioten (original title)
Story of a mentally unstable woman who goes into an institution.

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Werner Schroeter
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Carole Bouquet ... Carole
Ingrid Caven ... Dr. Laura
Christine Kaufmann ... Ruth
Ida Di Benedetto Ida Di Benedetto ... Elisabet
Carola Regnier Carola Regnier ... Ninon
Mostefa Djadjam Mostefa Djadjam ... Alexander
Hermann Killmeyer Hermann Killmeyer ... Markus
Marie-Luise Marjan Marie-Luise Marjan ... Schwester / Sister Marjan
Magdalena Montezuma ... Zigeunerin / gypsy
Tamara Kafka Tamara Kafka
Dana Medrická
Fritz Schediwy Fritz Schediwy
Jana Plichtová Jana Plichtová
George Stamkoski George Stamkoski ... Himself (as George Stamskoski)
Ula Stöckl Ula Stöckl
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Story of a mentally unstable woman who goes into an institution.

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Country:

West Germany

Language:

German

Release Date:

26 March 1982 (West Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Ahmaklarin Günü See more »

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Mono

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Color

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1.66 : 1
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Pointless and boring German "Autorenfilm"
16 February 2004 | by Mikew3001See all my reviews

When Hollywood was already producing the first blockbuster classics like Star Wars or Raiders of the Lost Ark in the late seventies and early eighties, German cinemas only saw three kinds of own film productions on their screens - stupid nonsense comedies, successful softsex films like the "Schulmadchenreport" or "Lass jucken Kumpel" series and boring and message-ladden post-1968 "auteur movies". The latter section contained some very good films, though, but most of these sometimes badly-made student films without any scripts and plots were really a big thing amongst German film critics (who were probably the only audience to that).

The pointless "Tag der Idioten" from 1982 is such a movie. The non-story tells us something about a crazy woman who is looking for contact and checks out some new ways of life restlessly, like staying in an asylum, but finally she can't decide and commits suicide. This is basically what it's all about, and the whole apocalyptic view on life, a general topic of those times of left-winged/communist terrorism and the rise of alternative lifestyles all over Europe, becomes increasingly disturbing and boring to the spectators at the same time.

Two persons are worth being mentioned in this connection. Main actress Carole Boquet just starred in this German b-movie a few months after her big role as Bond girl (!) in the James Bond adventure "For Your Eyes Only" with Roger Moore, and script writer Dana Horakova later became the Minister of Culture in the conservative and right-winged city council of Hamburg from 2001-2004. Unbelievable but true!


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