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Director: Rainer Werner Fassbinder     Starring: Dirk Bogarde
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Format: Blu-Ray DVD
Sku: 224461596
UPC: 887090028806
UPC 14: 00887090028806
Category Keywords: Psychos  Suspense  Theatrical Release  Thriller
Rating: NR
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Editor's Note
Set against the backdrop of Nazi Germany, "Despair" is an emotionally rich & stirring account of a factory owner's frightening descent into madness. This is Fassbinder at his finest. Tom Stoppard's screenplay from Vladimir Nabakov's novel.

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Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Olive Films
Video Release Date Release Date: 11/15/2011
Video Play Time Running Time: 121 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 1979
Video UPC UPC: 00887090028806
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

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Video Color Spec Video: Color

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Dirk Bogarde
Video Cast Info Klaus Lowitsch
Video Cast Info Andrea Ferreol
Video Cast Info Volker Spengler
Video Cast Info Rainer Werner Fassbinder - Director
Plot Summary
The great and prolific German director Rainer Werner Fassbinder made his English-language debut with this film written by playwright Tom Stoppard -- and based on a novel by Vladimir Nabokov.| "Despair" takes a painstaking and penetrating look at the psychology of a Russian emigré living in Paris in the 1920s. Herman has become so distanced and alienated from the world around him that he even imagines himself standing outside his own body, "watching himself" going about his business.| Then he meets a man who, in fact, is his physical double, and Herman concocts a murderous scheme that will assure his financial security for good.

Professional Reviews

Sight and Sound
"...Dominated by an intellectual, puzzle-making mood..." 09/01/1978 p.259-60

New York Times
"...Fassbinder's elegant, comic, purposely precious film version [of Nabokov's book] adapted by the playwright Tom Stoppard, who has been inspired Nabokov to attain new heights of splendid lunacy, and acted by Dirk Bogarde, who gives one of the wittiest performances of his entire career..." 02/16/1979 p.C11

Film Comment
"An unlikely meeting of two radically different sensibilities, Fassbinder's 1978 film transforms Nabokov's arch 1934 pastiche of Dostoevsky and dime-store mysteries to his own ends....Oddly affecting." 05/01/2011

Sight and Sound
"[I]f ever there was a supergroup film it was DESPAIR....What collected fame!" 08/01/2011

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Product attributeVideo Format:   Blu-Ray
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