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A Virus Knows No Morals (1986)

Ein Virus kennt keine Moral (original title)
Director Rosa vonPraunheim, an outspoken gay advocate (and, despite that first name, certifiably male), uses nonprofessional actors in this story of a debilitating effects the AIDS epidemic... See full summary »


Rosa von Praunheim


Rosa von Praunheim (screenplay), Dieter Dicken (collaboration on screenplay) | 9 more credits »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Dieter Dicken Dieter Dicken ... Dieter / Angestellter in der Sauna
Maria Hasenäcker Maria Hasenäcker ... Prof. Dr. Blut
Christian Kesten Christian Kesten ... Christian / Student der Kirchenmusik
Eva-Maria Kurz Eva-Maria Kurz ... Reporterin Carola Schrecksch (as Eva Kurz)
Rosa von Praunheim ... Saunabesitzer Rüdiger Kackinski
Ina Blum Ina Blum ... Therapeutin Tomalik-Samenkorn (as Regina Rudnick)
Thilo von Trotha Thilo von Trotha ... Revolutionär Karl Kolle
Holger Klotzbach Holger Klotzbach ... Berater des Ministers (as Die 3 Tornados)
Arnulf Rating Arnulf Rating ... Berater des Ministers (as Die 3 Tornados)
Günter Thews Günter Thews ... Der Minister (as Die 3 Tornados)
Craig Russell Craig Russell ... Barkeeper
Hella von Sinnen Hella von Sinnen ... Krankenpflegerin Rita
Gisela Dreyer Gisela Dreyer ... (as Gisela Dryer)
Nadja Reichardt Nadja Reichardt ... (as Nadja Patricia Reichardt)
Ellen Reichhardt Ellen Reichhardt ... Rüdigers Mutter (as Ellen F. Reichhardt)


Director Rosa vonPraunheim, an outspoken gay advocate (and, despite that first name, certifiably male), uses nonprofessional actors in this story of a debilitating effects the AIDS epidemic has on a mythical country called Germany. VonPraunheim himself plays the owner of a gay sauna, whose only concern vis-a-vis AIDS is that it will probably put him out of business. Things get personal when both the owner and his lover contact the disease. From this point on, things become as surreal as possible, with a newspaper editor printing phony AIDS information to sell papers, a looney female scientist conducting experiments amongst the African gorillas (one of whom rapes her), a bisexual nurse deliberately infecting all her patients so that everyone will suffer, and the government rounding up AIDS victims and herding them into remote colonies.

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Comedy | Drama | Sci-Fi




West Germany



Release Date:

16 January 1986 (West Germany) See more »

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A Virus Knows No Morals See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Edited into Die Geschichte des erotischen Films (2004) See more »


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Pioneering satire about AIDS
31 July 2000 | by GMeleJrSee all my reviews

This, at the time, was a pioneering film. The always innovative and irreverent Rosa von Praunheim broke the ice on satirizing AIDS. This was later done by several other independent directors from Canada and the USA, also imitating the parody musical format which von Praunheim created. This film is still the most important of its genre. Von Praunheim was severely ostracized for poking fun at such a subject. But he insisted that given how the world had ignored AIDS up to then (1985; it took the Rock Hudson death to shake the US then), satire was necessary. He was right. Whatever would cause the most raucous would bring the most attention to AIDS. And it worked. So, don't expect a landmark film. But it is a film that perhaps highlights von Praunheim's career as a gay activist, not as a film maker.

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