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Anita: Dances of Vice (1987)

Anita: Tänze des Lasters (original title)
In modern-day Berlin (1987), Frau Kutowski goes insane, believing herself to be the (real-life) notorious Anita Berber, a nude art dancer/drug addict/scandalous figure of post-WWI Berlin. (... See full summary »


Rosa von Praunheim
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Lotti Huber Lotti Huber ... Frau Kutowski / Anita Berber
Ina Blum Ina Blum ... Nurse / Anita Berber
Mikael Honesseau Mikael Honesseau ... Doctor / Sebastian Droste
Tillman Lehnert Tillman Lehnert
Marion Kutschke Marion Kutschke
Bernd Henckels Bernd Henckels
Nadja Reichardt Nadja Reichardt
Andreas Hofer Andreas Hofer ... (as Andreas Hof)
Gertrud Goroncy Gertrud Goroncy
Joerg Dauscher Joerg Dauscher
Hannelene Limpach Hannelene Limpach ... Hospital analyst
Eva-Maria Kurz Eva-Maria Kurz ... Patientin / Rosa Luxemburg (as Eva Kurz)
Helge Musial Helge Musial ... Droste's dance partner in nightclub (as Helge Musil)
Michael Morris Michael Morris
Rainer Kranich Rainer Kranich


In modern-day Berlin (1987), Frau Kutowski goes insane, believing herself to be the (real-life) notorious Anita Berber, a nude art dancer/drug addict/scandalous figure of post-WWI Berlin. (Berber died of tuberculosis in 1928, having achieved significant success and recognition throughout the dance world.) Frau Kutowski is placed in a mental hospital, where in her own mind she acts out Berber's final days, including in her fantasies the hospital's staff and patients, to represent Anita's friends and associates. She relives the adventures, scandals, triumphs, trials and tribulations of Anita Berber, and finally merges her own real existence with that of her imagination, until fantasy actually becomes reality. The film makes use of both color (Expressionist style) and black & white (documentary style) to draw the line between fantasy and reality, respectively. Watch how this line is crossed over! Written by Jeff <Jeff32262@aol.com>

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West Germany



Release Date:

25 February 1988 (West Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Anita - tänze des lasters See more »

Filming Locations:

Berlin, Germany

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1.37 : 1
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What a piece of junk!
23 February 2005 | by NEWS4A2See all my reviews

This movie is a perfectly good waste of videotape. A better use would be to take that videotape and strangle the producer of this piece of junk.

I picked this movie up for .99 at a video store closeout and it was .99 too much! What is it about Germans that they have to produce such weird freaking films? I'm swearing off schnapps!

It's a biopic about some European siren whose claim to fame is that she dances nude, which causes a scandal for her art! The U.S. has biopics about strippers, "Blaze," being one. But "Blaze" had not only a more encompassing storyline, regarding Louisiana Governor Earl K. Long, but also Paul Newman in the role of Earl K.

I gave this movie 2 stars for several reasons: 1. When I voted, no one had yet given it two stars, but one person had given it one star. I follow no one's lead! 2. It's got some nudity. Where else can you get soft-porn video for .99? 3. I expect to hold onto it and sell it to some effete Eurotrash film snob on eBay for wads of cash. I can't believe it made it to video. It's got to be out of print.

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