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107 Ratings


Directed by Volker Schlöndorff
West Germany, 1970
Drama, TV Movie, Avant-Garde


The film follows Baal, a young, ingenious, and unstable poet-balladeer with a scandalous zest for life, love, and liquor, through multiple sexual encounters and cruel, shocking personal adventures that end with his premature death.

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Baal Directed by Volker Schlöndorff

Critics reviews

Even though Baal becomes at times tiresome and rigid, Schlöndorff’s adaptation is worthwhile enough if for nothing else, to see R.W.F./Baal conjoined, to see his chewed-up oatmeal face speak Brecht’s text, to see his body express this treacherous lust, this poetic yearning.
February 15, 2014
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Baal is so endlessly fascinating as a document of its time, a record of an almost lost Fassbinder performance, a missing piece of New German Cinema history and a window onto Schlöndorff’s evolution as a director that it’s difficult to see the film itself through all that context… What Schlöndorff could do quite well was make the most of very little…
February 07, 2014
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