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Veronika Voss (1982)

Die Sehnsucht der Veronika Voss (original title)
A washed up UFA actress, kept by her doctor, raises suspicion in a sports journalist.
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Veronika Voss
... Robert Krohn
... Henriette
... Dr. Marianne Katz
Doris Schade ... Josefa
Erik Schumann ... Dr. Edel
... Filmproduzent / Dicker Mann
... G.I. / Dealer (as Günter Kaufmann)
Sonja Neudorfer ... Verkäuferin
Lilo Pempeit ... Chehm
... 1. Regisseur
Herbert Steinmetz ... Gärtner
... Grete
Hans Wyprächtiger ... Chefredakteur
Peter Zadek ... 2. Regisseur
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Storyline

Munich, 1955: A sports journalist meets Veronika Voss, an UFA actress who supposedly had an affair with Goebbels. Now declining, Voss is kept by her "kind" doctor, Dr. Katz, supplying her house, food, clean clothes and her favourite: morphine. Voss, trying to come back towards the cinema, cannot perform an absurdly simple scene, but it attracts the attention of the journalist, who suspects that something's very wrong regarding her doctor. Written by Sdicht <sdicht@hotmail.com>

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Release Date:

13 May 1982 (Netherlands)  »

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DEM 2,600,000 (estimated)
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1.66 : 1
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Part of the BRD Trilogy along with The Marriage of Maria Braun (1978) and Lola (1981). "BRD" stands for Bundesrepublik Deutschland, the official name of West Germany and of the united contemporary Germany, period in which those three stories takes place. See more »

Goofs

The film is set in 1955 but the song "The Battle of New Orleans" by Johnny Horton, released in 1959, is heard on the radio a number of times. See more »

Quotes

Alter Mann: When you read a book to the end, it's time to close it.
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Connections

Referenced in Crazy Moon (1987) See more »

Soundtracks

High On A Hilltop
Written by Tommy Collins
Performed by The Berlin Ramblers
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My brief review of the film
26 June 2005 | by See all my reviews

Beautifully photographed in simple black and white, with some lovely gliding shots and some interesting camera angles and framing, the film is an amazement on a visual scope, even if the screenplay and acting are nothing special. Fassbinder's choice of lighting is excellent, giving true stark contrast between areas of black and areas of white in certain scenes. Sound is a significant aspect too, with soft radio recording heard in the background of just about every scene. The meaning behind such an audio style is not clear, but still it provides an interesting feel if not much else. As already alluded to however, the technical aspects outweigh the rest of the film. It is a rather cold tale with awkward characters, which are hard to sympathise with. Towards the end it also goes off on a bit of a tangent, from being a drama to a thriller. The film definitely seems more dedicated to its style than its substance, but that only makes is a certainly degree less fascinating to watch. The style quite literally sparkles and the film applies a few interesting editing tricks to change from scene to scene. If not involving as a tale, it is nevertheless great "eye candy".


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