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Day of the Idiots (Tag der Idioten)

Day of the Idiots
Scene from "Day of the Idiots"

Carol is an attractive but somewhat eccentric 20-year-old. Coming from a well-to-do family, she doesn't have any financial concerns and could lead an easy life. But it is this daily indifference that dissatisfies her, makes her restless, and rouses in her ideas, fantasies, longings - all beyond the accepted norms. Carol demands a lot from her environment and herself. Because it is her life that is of concern, and no one else's, she wants everything and she wants it now.

But what reason could she have for behaving this radically and outrageously? Why does she ruin other people's lives? Just because she does have the hang on her own life?

What is it that Carol needs? Love? Devotion? Affirmation? Isn't there anybody to give it to her? Why does she think she cannot lead a normal life? What makes her enter the world of psychiatry to look for the sincerity in this world of illusion and deception? Isn't her obsession self-destructive and couldn't her desire for extremeness be the extreme longing for death?

Day of the Idiots asks all these questions and answers then - surprisingly and frighteningly.



Werner Schroeter (1945-2010) made his first films on 8 mm in 1967/1968. He also worked in the theater and staged his first opera (Lohengrin) in Kassel in 1979. He made his first feature-length film Eika Katappa in 1969 and followed it with, among others, The Death of Maria Malibran (Der Tod der Maria Malibran, 1971), Golden Flakes (Goldflocken, 1976), Kingdom of Naples (Neapolitanische Geschwister, 1978), Palermo or Wolfsburg (Palermo oder Wolfsburg, 1980), Day of Idiots (Der Tag der Idioten, 1981), The Rose King (Der Rosenkoenig, 1985), Malina (1990), Love\'s Debris (Abfallprodukte der Liebe, 1996), Die Koenigin - Marianne Hoppe (2000), and Two (Deux, 2002).
Genre Drama
Category Feature
Year of Production 1981
Director Werner Schroeter
Screenplay Werner Schroeter, Dana Horaková
Cinematography Ivan Slapeta
Catherine Brasier
Peer Raben
Czbynek Hlock
Cast Christine Kaufmann, Carole Bouquet, Ida di Benedetto, Ingrid Caven, Tamara Kafka
Production Company ART-OKO Film/Munich
Length 110 min
Format 35 mm, color
Dubbed Versions Spanish
Original Version
 German
Subtitled Version English
Sound Technology Mono
Awards German Film Award 1982 Best Direction

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