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Die Jungfrauen Maschine (1988)

A reporter who goes to San Francisco to write about romance has an affair with a stripper from an all-women's club.


Monika Treut


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ina Blum Ina Blum ... Dorothee Müller
Marcelo Uriona Marcelo Uriona ... Bruno
Gad Klein Gad Klein ... Heinz
Peter Kern Peter Kern ... Hormone Specialist
Hans-Christoph Blumenberg Hans-Christoph Blumenberg ... Telephone Caller
Dominique Gaspar Dominique Gaspar ... Dominique
Susie Bright ... Susie Sexpert
Shelly Mars Shelly Mars ... Ramona
Fritz Mikesch Fritz Mikesch ... Man in the backyard
Wolfgang Raach ... Boat sculler
George Lannan George Lannan ... Man in the backayard
Erica Marcus Erica Marcus ... Landlady
Rhonda Jarvis Rhonda Jarvis ... Woman on the street
Carla Wood Saivre Carla Wood Saivre ... Woman in hotel room
Fakir Musafar Fakir Musafar ... Man in hotel room


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West Germany


English | German

Release Date:

10 February 1989 (USA) See more »

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1.37 : 1
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Interesting first half, but boring second half...
18 August 2003 | by dwpollarSee all my reviews

1st watched 8/18/2003 - 4 out of 10(Dir-Monika Treut): Interesting first half, but boring second half in this German drama that is initially about the search for romantic love but ends up being about a `physical' lesbian relationship that, in my opinion, doesn't answer any questions that the character poses in the first half. The movie starts with a reporter who is writing an article on romantic love that is very detailed about sexual reproduction and the intent of all of us(men & women) to return to the womb. This part of the movie was compelling as we listened to this reporters' profound thought-processes on the subject but as soon as she takes a trip to California to look for her mother her research becomes a lot more personal and leans towards an obsession with a stripper and the research pretty-much gets trashed. I guess the thing that bothered me the most was how one-sided the film was. The men portrayed in the movie were overweight, brainless sex-addicts and the women were smart social beings who were attractive because of these qualities. This is one filmmakers perspective of life, but she doesn't answer her initial questions and instead concludes that `fun' is the answer. This, in my opinion, is no different than what a man's conclusion would be as well.

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