Once-beloved Third Reich–era starlet Veronika Voss (Rosel Zech) lives in obscurity in postwar Munich. Struggling for survival and haunted by past glories, the forgotten star encounters sportswriter Robert Krohn (Hilmar Thate) in a rain-swept park and intrigues him with her mysterious beauty. As their unlikely relationship develops, Krohn comes to discover the dark secrets behind the faded actresses’ demise. Based on the true story of a World War II UFA star, Veronika Voss is wicked satire disguised as 1950s melodrama. —The Criterion Collection
Rainer Werner Fassbinder (May 31, 1945 – June 10, 1982) was born into a cultured bourgeois family in the small Bavarian spa town Bad Wörishofen. Raised by his mother as an only child, the boy had only sporadic contact with his father, a doctor, after the divorce of his parents when he was five. Educated at a Rudolf Steiner elementary school and subsequently in Munich and Augsburg, the city of Bert Brecht, he left school before passing any final examinations. A cinema addict (“five times a week, often three films a day”) from a very early age, not least because his mother needed peace and quiet for her work as a translator, “the cinema was the family life I never had at home.”
Fassbinder made his first short films at the age of twenty, persuading a male lover to finance them in exchange for leading roles. He also applied for a place at the Berlin Film School (dffb), but was refused. He acted in both his early films: DER STADTSTREICHER (The City Tramp), which also featured Irm… read more
Fassbinder, em seu penúltimo longa-metragem, conta a história de uma atriz decadente - sim, pode lembrar de "Crepúsculo dos Deuses" - que, entre uma crise e outra de abstinência, se envolve com um jornalista esportivo cuja vida será transformada. O preto e branco reforça o clima onírico e teatral do filme. Planos, cenários monocromáticos e uma iluminação 'disco' também são marcantes. Uma pérola do cinema alemão!
Fassbinder's penultimate film, beautifully directed in gorgeous monochrome, won the Golden Bear at the 32nd Berlin International Film Festival and completed his unofficial BRD Trilogy. Loosely based on the final years in the life of German actress Sybille Schmitz and often said to be influenced by Wilder's Sunset Blvd., it is a worthy summation to the trilogy and a late career high for a quite brilliant filmmaker....
Rosel Zech (Veronika Voss) was 69. Anticipating Telluride. New projects for Richard Linklater, the Coens and more.
Fassbinder’s 41st film is loosely based on the life of actress Sybille Schmitz (‘Diary of a lost Girl’, ‘Vampyr’, ‘The Last Night’) whom descended into alcoholism and drug abuse after the second world… read review