Veronika Voss (1982)


Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB

Original title:  Die Sehnsucht der Veronika Voss

West Germany, 1982.  , , , , , .  Screenplay by Rainer Werner Fassbinder, , .  Cinematography by .  Produced by , .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  

The tribulations of a depressed movie star are the subject of this flashy German drama, the second to last film that Rainer Werner Fassbinder made before his untimely death at the age of 37 by drug overdose.   is terrific in the lead role, an aging actress who hasn’t made a movie in years and is on the decline, kept alive by her morphine addiction and the supposedly kind doctor who supplies it to her. When she meets a sports reporter who recognizes her, she relates her story to him, one that includes her possible affair with Goebbels and her current intentions to make a comeback. This artsy, Sunset Boulevard-esque drama is shot in a gorgeously nostalgic black and white style that recalls the glory days of 30s expressionist filmmaking.

The Criterion Collection:  #206

Berlin Film Festival Award:  Golden Bear

Toronto International Film Festival:  1982


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