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Munich, 1955. Robert Krohn, a sports reporter, meets former UFA film star Veronika Voss, still an exciting and attractive woman. Robert is fascinated and confused by her individuality and charm and wants to see her again. Finding out her address, he makes an unusual discovery: Veronika Voss lives at her doctor's. Dr. Katz, an amiable woman, confirms the fact that Veronika Voss has a room there. As a patient. Robert tries to unravel the mystery surrounding Veronika's life. He meets her again in a film studio. She is incapable of shooting a small scene and collapses with a nervous breakdown. From her ex-husband, Robert learns about Veronika's life: the end of her glamorous career at the UFA studios, the disinte- gration of her marriage, her beginning to drink, no more film offers. Veronika has become addicted to morphine. Robert is not capable of controlling his confused emotions. Slowly, he begins to suspect what is going on behind the façade of Dr. Katz' medical practice ...

Rainer Werner Fassbinder was born in 1945 and died in 1982. He was one of the most significant directors of the “New German Cinema”. In just 13 years, between 1969 and 1982, he made 44 films, including Katzelmacher (1969), The Merchant of Four Seasons (Der Haendler der vier Jahreszeiten, 1971), The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant (Die bitteren Traenen der Petra von Kant, 1972), Fear Eats the Soul (Angst essen Seele auf, 1973), Fontane Effi Briest (1974), Despair (1978), The Marriage of Maria Braun (Die Ehe der Maria Braun, 1979), Berlin Alexanderplatz (1980), Lili Marleen (1981), Lola (1981), and Querelle (1982), among others. He wrote 14 plays, revised six others and directed 25. He wrote four radio plays and 37 screenplays and worked on a further 13 scripts with other writers. Fassbinder's films are among the most valid social documents produced between the late 60s and early 80s in Germany; his plays are among the most performed of any post-war German dramatist.
Genre Drama
Category Feature
Year of Production 1982
Director Rainer Werner Fassbinder
Screenplay Pea Froehlich, Peter Maerthesheimer
Cinematography Xaver Schwarzenberger
Juliane Lorenz
Peer Raben
Cast Rudolf Platte, Eric Schumann, Cornelia Froboess, Doris Schade, Annemarie Dueringer, Rosel Zech, Hilmar Thate, Armin Mueller-Stahl, Johanna Hofer
Producer Thomas Schuely
Production Companies Laura Film/Gruenwald, Tango Film/Munich, in co-production with Maran Film/Baden-Baden, Trio Film, Rialto Film/Berlin
Length 105 min
Format 35 mm, b&w
Dubbed Versions Italian, Spanish
Original Version
Intertitled Versions English, French
Sound Technology Mono
Festivals Berlin 1982 (In Competition), Premiers Plan Angers 2015, Shanghai 2017
Awards Golden Bear Berlin 1982
German Distributor STUDIOCANAL/Berlin

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