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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 »




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 ... 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


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Gets a 5 for what it tried to do
29 December 2010 | by preppy-3See all my reviews

Comedy about AIDS. That's right--a comedy. Nowadays this probably wouldn't bother anyone, seeing as AIDS is no longer the death sentence it was, but in 1985 this was considered sick and tasteless. I caught it at a small art theatre in Boston back in 1986. The audience was wall to wall gay guys. Nobody laughed during it but nobody seemed real upset by it either. It was just too...strange. There are some incredibly depressing scenes involving a gay couple where one discovers he has AIDS and then we cut to a bunch of guys in drag singing songs! It was an uneasy mix of drama and comedy with the accent on comedy. The only good thing I got out of the movie was information about AIDS. There was a local AIDS activist group right outside the theatre. They supported the film and were handing out pamphlets to people that explained what HIV and AIDS were. Remember--the government ignored it completely back then until it became an epidemic. So it attempted something in 1985 that was unthinkable. Sadly I don't think it succeeded.

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