Dirk Bogarde and Andréa Ferréol in a still from Despair (1978)
Dirk Bogarde and Andréa Ferréol in a still from Despair (1978)
Despair (1978)

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Rainer Werner Fassbinder | West Germany, France | 1978 | M

A Russian Jewish chocolatier (Dirk Bogarde) in 1930s Germany plots an escape to Switzerland after becoming convinced that a vagrant (Klaus Löwitsch) is a doppelgänger whose identity he can adopt – though it’s clear to all that what he’s most trying to escape from is himself.

In response to Tom Stoppard’s adaptation of Vladimir Nabokov’s absurd novel of the same name, a macabre tale laced with melancholy humour, Fassbinder delivers what The Guardian calls “an icy, psycho-melodramatic nightmare”, exploring themes of alienation and mental breakdown in oblique, playfully provocative ways.

Format: DCP, Colour
Language: English
Source: Bavaria Media
Duration: 119 mins


Wed 19 May 2021


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119 mins




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