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Despair

Despair

A Feature film by Rainer Werner Fassbinder

Release in France : 20/08/1978

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Actors (9)

Production and distribution (3)

Co-production :

Société Française de Production (SFP)

Film exports/foreign sales :

Carlotta Films

Foreign production companies :

Bavaria Film Gmbh, NF Geria Film

TV Broadcasts: Cumulative total

TV broadcasts: details by country

Synopsis

Germany in the early 1930s. Against the backdrop of the Nazis' rise, Hermann Hermann, a Russian émigré and chocolate magnate, goes slowly mad. It begins with his seating himself in a chair to observe himself making love to his wife, Lydia, a zaftig empty-headed siren who is also sleeping with her cousin. Hermann is soon given to intemperate outbursts at his workers, other businessmen, and strangers. Then, he meets Felix, an itinerant laborer, whom he delusionally believes looks exactly like himself. Armed with a new life insurance policy, he hatches an elaborate plot in the belief it will free him of all his worries.

Photos (2)

Full credits (7)

Author of original work :

Vladimir Nabokov

Foreign Producer :

Peter Märtesheimer

Director of Photography :

Michael Ballhaus

Music Composer :

Peer Raben

Technical details

Feature film

Genres :

Fiction

Sub-genre :

Drama

Production language :

German

Coproducer countries :

Germany, France

Original French-language productions :

Unknown

Production year :

1977

French release :

20/08/1978

Runtime :

1 h 59 min

Current status :

Released

Visa number :

49823

Visa issue date :

19/09/1978

Approval :

Unknown

Production formats :

35mm

Color type :

Color

Aspect ratio :

1.66

Audio format :

Mono

Posters (3)

Director

Festival Selections (2)