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Ratings & Reviews

  1. kinotopia's rating of the film Baal

    RWF is fantastic as always but it's a shame that he had to be used and abused in yet another Volker Schlöndorff and Margarethe von Trotta mess.

  2. EdieEmm's rating of the film Baal

    Long lost relic from a post-'68 exploration of possibility; Form in the service of the work, and not the other way round. It had me instantly. How crazy is it that Schlondorff hadn't even heard of Fassbinder when he first decided to film the play? Just happened across his Anti-Theatre (& Baal incarnate!)... And then for the film to resurface after being blacklisted by the Brecht estate so long? Wild. I love it all.

  3. Daniel S.'s rating of the film Baal

    The Poet as an agitator, an immoral and amoral man. The musical ballads reminds us of François Villon's poems. It's a treat to see Fassbinder, Von Trotta and Schygulla before their international recognition. Recommended to movie lovers.

  4. Jason's rating of the film Baal

    You are not going to find a film that comes off more as a time capsule than does Schlöndorff's BAAL, seeing as it was literally buried for 40-some-odd years and considering it brilliantly channels young Brecht's practically anarchist vision into the post-'68 zone of schism and ennui. And Fassbinder as Baal: what can you say? The legend crystallized right there good and early: nitro! pure Dionysian Apocalypse!

  5. Rene Maurin's rating of the film Baal

    From the times people died but poetry was living ...

  6. FISCHER's rating of the film Baal

    Qui a eu la chance de lire ou de voir la sublime (première) pièce écrite par Bertolt Brecht ne peut que ressortir amèrement déçu de la projection de cette œuvre cacophonique, brouillonne et atone qui dénature profondément la subtile violence et la troublante sensualité présentes en permanence dans le continuum du texte original. www.cinefiches.com

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  9. El Biffo's rating of the film Baal

    Everyone around here is so depressed lately. It is really starting to get to me. "Nothing is understood, but some things are felt."

  10. rafaelmontenegrofausto's rating of the film Baal

    ''there are still plenty of trees, shady and open to all, to hang yrself from up above ...or take a long rest down below'' /// ''ainda há muitas árvores frondosas e abertas a todos...para podermos nos enforcar...ou deitar à sua sombra'' /// ''Il y a beaucoup d'arbres pour se pendre en haut ou pour dormir en bas'' (8)

  11. Corriel's rating of the film Baal

    Very stylish and (naturally ^^) poetic.

  12. Ronja's rating of the film Baal

    simultaneously beautiful and disgusting, inspiring and annoying. i was a bit irritated by the huge amount of text in this film, you get so tired trying to follow everything. and you want to follow because both the images and the poetry are interesting.

  13. msmichel's rating of the film Baal

    FNC '14 Originally made for German television in 1969 this early work from Schlondorff has been rescued and is much more than just a curiosity piece. Fassbinder plays Baal; poet, misogynist, drunk, man of the people, womanizer. He plays an unredeemable character whose charisma and magnetism draw both men and women to him often with disastrous results. A fascinating showpiece for the 'new German cinema' of the time.

  14. Samuel T.'s rating of the film Baal

    Fassbinder plays a masochistic, misogynist drunk poet. And there you have it.

  15. Neither/Nor's rating of the film Baal

    Fassbinder plays a Rimbaud in the life of Fassbinder.