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Despair

Despair

A Feature film by Rainer Werner Fassbinder

Release in France : 20/08/1978

    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.

    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

    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)