Veronika Voss

Germany (West), 1982

Film
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Stylish and harshly beautiful, with its virtuoso camerawork and stark black and white cinematography, this portrait of corruption - of both Germany and the UFA star system - centres on the decline into madness and drug addiction of a once famous, now faded film star. Though reminiscent in theme of Billy wilders “Sunset boulevard”, director Fassbinders fascination with the modes of melodrama evidenced in the Hollywood works of Douglas Sirk predominates. This, his penultimate film, can be seen as the final piece in a trilogy about post-war Germany (along with “The Marriage of Maria Braun” and “Lola”). The actual story is loosely based on the life of Sybille Schmitz (“Vampyr”,1932 and “Titanic, 1943) a German actress who died in mysterious circumstances in 1955.

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Credits

director

Rainer Werner Fassbinder

producer

Thomas Schuhly

production company

Laura Film

Maran Film

Rialto Film

Tango

Trio

Duration

01:45:00:00

Production places
Germany (West)
Production dates
1982

Collection metadata

ACMI Identifier

324859

Language

German

Audience classification

MA

Sound/audio

Sound

Colour

Black and White

Holdings

VHS; Access Print (Section 1)

Wikidata

Q703188

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