VERONIKA VOSS
DIE SEHNSUCHT DER VERONIKA VOSS
1982, Janus Films, 104 min, Germany, Dir: Rainer Werner Fassbinder

Drug-addled and poisoned by nostalgia, faded film star Veronika Voss (Rosel Zech) is attempting to return to her 1940s heyday of glittering, sexy success by fueling herself with booze and cocaine. Having fallen into the talons of a sadistic psychiatrist (Annemarie Duringer) who enjoys having a celebrity around the office and doesn’t mind providing Veronika with just enough prescription cocktails to keep her on a dependant leash, the washed-up starlet seems in every way at odds with the 1950s and ’60s West German “economic miracle” around her - or is she? Caustically, brilliantly critical as ever, Fassbinder’s third installment in the “BRD Trilogy” is another excellent, nuanced portrait of postwar Germany. In German with English subtitles.


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