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Querelle (1982)

French sailor Querelle arrives in Brest and starts frequenting a strange whorehouse. He discovers that his brother Robert is the lover of the lady owner, Lysiane. Here, you can play dice ... See full summary »

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Burkhard Driest ...
Roger Fritz ...
Marcellin
Dieter Schidor ...
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Paulette (as Nadja Brunkhorst)
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Betrunkener Legionär (as Robert v. Ackeren)
Werner Asam ...
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Axel Bauer ...
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Neil Bell ...
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French sailor Querelle arrives in Brest and starts frequenting a strange whorehouse. He discovers that his brother Robert is the lover of the lady owner, Lysiane. Here, you can play dice with Nono, Lysiane's husband : if you win, you are allowed to make love with Lysiane, if you lose, you have to make love with Nono... Querelle loses on purpose... Written by Yepok

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It will take you into a surreal world of passion and sexuality, further than most would dare to go. [Video Australia]

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8 September 1982 (France)  »

Also Known As:

Matrosen och stjärnan  »

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DEM 4,400,000 (estimated)
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According to "Genet: A Biography" (1993) by Edmund White, the film was originally going to be directed by Werner Schroeter but finance couldn't be raised with him as director. Both Sam Peckinpah and John Schlesinger were considered to direct before in the end German filmmaker Rainer Werner Fassbinder was hired to helm the film. See more »

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Lysiane: [singing] Each man kills the thing he loves!
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With A Bitter Look
Composed By [Musique Composée Par] David Ambach, Peer Raben
Directed By [Dirigée Par], Orchestrated By [Orchestrée Par] Peer Raben
(P) Schlicht Musikverlage, 1982 RCA/Ciné Music
© Schlicht Musikverlage
Published and Licensed by Musikverlage Hans Wewerka
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Fractal filthy fun
13 July 2007 | by See all my reviews

I saw this in the theater when it was first released and it remains my favorite Fassbinder film. I frequently find Fassbinder quite preachy, but with Querelle, he just lets the action unfold like a contagious disease infecting the viewer's mind with its rapturous toxins. If the director had tried to turn Genet's "novel" into a linear story, it would have been a disaster. Instead, it's a bizarre mishmash of voice-over narration, written narration and strange, almost ritualized acting. And it's far more erotically charged than any porn film. The visuals, particularly Brad Davis, are so superbly composed that nothing else really matters. Except, of course, Jeanne Moreau singing "Each Man Kills The Thing He Loves". Fassbinder makes a compelling argument that sex and violence go together as well as cake and ice cream. If you don't love perversion for its own sake, this won't be the film for you.


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