Despair (Despair - Eine Reise ins Licht) (1978)

Despair (Despair - Eine Reise ins Licht)

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Having made as many films as he had years, at 31, Rainer Werner Fassbinder essayed a slightly different approach for his 32nd film, Despair. Here, he uses a witty screenplay written by the well-known playwright Tom Stoppard, based on a novel by Vladimir Nabokov. Furthermore, the entire film, set in 1930s Germany, is in English. It received mixed reviews, if only because it is so unlike the director's other works. In the story, a Russian owner of a German chocolate-factory, whose business and … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Art House & International, Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Vladimir Nabokov, Tom Stoppard
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On DVD: Dec 30, 1988
Runtime:

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Cast


as Hermann Herman

as Lydia Herman

as Felix Weber

as Ardalion

as Muller

as Hotel Receptionist

as Secretary

as Elsie

as Doktor

as Inspector Braun

as Inspector Schelling

as Perebrodov

as 1st and 2nd Twin and...

as Muller's Brother
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Critic Reviews for Despair (Despair - Eine Reise ins Licht)

All Critics (22) | Top Critics (7)

Dirk Bogarde, looking natty and nerve-worn, is exactly right as the fissured Hermann, a chocolate manufacturer whose business has turned bitter.

Full Review… | March 18, 2015
TIME Magazine
Top Critic

The first half is oppressive, cluttered, and funny, but as the film forsakes its artificial settings for more open spaces, it becomes pale and mechanical.

Full Review… | March 18, 2015
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Fassbinder films life in the cosseted class as a masque of glass and mirrors, replete with alluring deceptions and suave surfaces that belie volcanic passions.

Full Review… | February 27, 2012
New Yorker
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Effortlessly literate [and] gaudily stylish.

Full Review… | January 5, 2012
Time Out
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Despite a witty, albeit theatrical, script by Tom Stoppard, prolific German director Rainer Werner Fassbinder does not quite bring off the spirited linguistic innovations, wit and penetrating insights of Vladimir Nabokov's novel.

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Variety
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Bold, garish and obsessive, but more than a little irritating.

January 26, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Despair (Despair - Eine Reise ins Licht)

½

As Fassbinder's first film in English, this psychedelic drama may have an intriguing story but the direction is heavy-handed and lacks that conviction found in his earlier works. Especially the tone he adopts seems incompatible with the kind of story he wants to tell.

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Carlos Magalh„es

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Personally, I think this is one of Bogarde's finest roles.

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Stefanie C

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