Film Info: Rossini oder die moerderische Frage wer mit wem schlief

Rossini (Rossini oder die moerderische Frage wer mit wem schlief)

Rossini
Scene from "Rossini" (photo courtesy of Bavaria Film International)

Each evening, the Italian restaurant Rossini is frequented by a number of illustrious regulars who, despite their many differences, have one thing in common: they are "singles" who've made the restaurant their home from home. Without any kind of inhibitions they use the restaurant as a living room and office, for private and business dramas, as a forum for their self-portrayal and the stage for their erotic comedies and tragedies. They include the very busy cosmetic surgeon, an apparently man-mad woman journalist, a loud, jovial kind of film producer who has three bankers wanting to stop his credit line, an uncompromising poet who lives in a brothel, a beautiful woman called Valerie, a nervous man suffering from allergies who has his fourth divorce upon him, a misanthropist who only eats in the private room, the restaurant owner, the personnel ... All of them are connected with each other in a wondrous manner: hopeless love, hatred, jealousy and male friendships surviving business transactions ...


Helmut Dietl was born in 1944 in Bad Wiessee and studied Theater and Art History. He then started working in television as a floor manager before going to Munich's Kammerspiele Theater to become an assistant director. His first work as a director for television was the series Muenchner Geschichten in 1973. He followed this by serving as a producer for an independent production company and directed such legendary TV series as Der ganz normale Wahnsinn (1978), Monaco Franze (1983), and Kir Royal (1986). His award-winning films include: Der Durchdreher (1979), Schtonk! (1992), Rossini oder Die moerderische Frage, wer mit wem schlief (1996), Late Show (1999), and About the Looking for and the Finding of Love (Vom Suchen und Finden der Liebe, 2004).
Genre Comedy
Category Feature
Year of Production 1996
Director Helmut Dietl
Screenplay Helmut Dietl, Patrick Sueskind
Cinematography Gernot Roll
Inez Regnier
Cast Goetz George, Mario Adorf, Heiner Lauterbach, Meret Becker, Gudrun Landgrebe, Veronica Ferres, Hannelore Hoger, Jan Josef Liefers, Armin Rohde
Producer Helmut Dietl
Production Company Diana Film/Munich, in co-production with Bavaria Film/Geiselgasteig, Fanes Film/Munich, B.A. Produktion/Munich
Length 110 min
Format 35 mm, color
Original Version
 German
Sound Technology Dolby Stereo
Awards German Film Awards 1997 for Best Film & Best Director
With backing from German Federal Film Board, FilmFernsehFonds Bayern, Filmförderung Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein, BMI
German Distributor Constantin Film Verleih/Munich

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