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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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Jean Genet (novel), Rainer Werner Fassbinder (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Brad Davis ... Querelle
Franco Nero ... Lieutenant Seblon
Jeanne Moreau ... Lysiane
Laurent Malet ... Roger Bataille
Hanno Pöschl Hanno Pöschl ... Robert / Gil
Günther Kaufmann ... Nono
Burkhard Driest Burkhard Driest ... Mario
Roger Fritz Roger Fritz ... Marcellin
Dieter Schidor Dieter Schidor ... Vic Rivette
Natja Brunckhorst ... Paulette (as Nadja Brunkhorst)
Robert van Ackeren ... Betrunkener Legionär (as Robert v. Ackeren)
Werner Asam Werner Asam ... Arbeiter
Isolde Barth ... Mädchen
Axel Bauer Axel Bauer ... Arbeiter
Neil Bell Neil Bell ... Theo
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Storyline

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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

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

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Official Sites:

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Country:

West Germany | France

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 September 1982 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Matrosen och stjärnan See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

DEM 4,400,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Dolby (Dolby stereo)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Initial costume tests of Brad Davis and two other actors in their snug fitting sailor britches were determined to be too revealing for mainstream audiences and so they all wore tight underwear on film afterwards to avoid unsightly bulges. At least one photo from these costumes tests survives as evidence. See more »

Quotes

Lysiane: Your prick has more character.
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Featured in The Wizard of Babylon (1982) See more »

Soundtracks

Sailor's Accordion
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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A Brilliant Flow Of Cinematic Poetry!
4 December 1999 | by starpathSee all my reviews

Translating Genet to film is certainly not an easy task since he cares relatively little as a writer for conventional plot and his storyline is essentially the baroque flow of feeling from his inner life. But this film does a masterful job of capturing all the subtle nuance of Genet's poetry in the flow of its' imagery. The mood is intensely introverted and philosophically existential throughout. The sets have the feel of the German Cinema around the time of THE CABINET OF DOCTOR CALIGARI, and yet the images flow around the angularity of the sets creating a wonderful tension between the characters and their milieu. This is Fassbinder at his very best. And the performance of Brad Davis is outstanding combining a rough, male-like crudeness with the innocence stemming from a young animal's eager naturalness. He creates a character who is forever trying to mask his simplicity, a kind of gothic Angel repeatedly discovering the Vampire stalking him from within. This is in keeping with Genet the writer who displays his suffering poetically, -like a tangle of gilded roses twined about a leper. The whole thing is a marvellous rendering of a kind of languidly sensuous celebration of the darker side of the male psyche. Since Brad Davis also appeared in THE PLAYER, we might say this film is like Huckleberry Finn meeting Nosferatu with a drunken Anne Rice as narrator. Bizarrly brilliant!


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