Despair (Blu-Ray/1978)

Directed By: Rainer Werner Fassbinder Starring: Dirk Bogarde

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Studio Olive Films
SKU 224461596
UPC 887090028806
UPC 14 00887090028806
Format Blu-Ray DVD
Release Date 11/15/2011
Rating NR
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
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.
Plot Summary
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.
Sight and Sound "...Dominated by an intellectual, puzzle-making mood..." 09/01/1978 p.259-60,"[I]f ever there was a supergroup film it was DESPAIR....What collected fame!" 08/01/2011
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
Rainer Werner Fassbinder
Dirk Bogarde
Cast & Crew
Dirk Bogarde - Star
Klaus Lowitsch - Star
Andrea Ferreol - Star
Volker Spengler - Star
Rainer Werner Fassbinder - Director
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1979
UPC 00887090028806
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 121 minutes
Color Color
Product Attributes
Video Format Blu-Ray

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