Die Sehnsucht der Veronika Voss (1982)


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Originally Die Sehnsucht de Veronika Voss, this Rainer Werner Fassbinder spin on Sunset Boulevard stars Rosel Zech as film actress Veronika Voss. Once the toast of Germany, Veronika had allegedly been an intimate of Joseph Gobbels. But the Third Reich is dead...and Veronika may as well be. Playing to an increasingly diminishing fan following, Veronika turns to drugs to cushion her against the cruelties of life. Her self-destruction is accelerated by her "Doctor Feelgood" Annemaire Duringer, who plys Veronika with morphine in order to gain control of the actress's money and property. Well-meaning sportswriter Hilmar Thate tries to save Veronika from herself, sacrificing his own personal happiness -- and the life of his girlfriend Cornelia Froeboess -- in the process. Allegedly an amalgam of several true stories, Veronika Voss is the last of Fassbinder's "postwar trilogy" (the first two were The Marriage of Maria Braun and Lola). ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi


Critic Reviews for Die Sehnsucht der Veronika Voss

All Critics (11) | Top Critics (5)

Fassbinder's best film.

Apr 27, 2018 | Full Review…

Far from apprehending this effect as a felicitous esthetic touch, one simply gets the creeps from it. Veronika Voss is no doubt a peculiarly authentic last testament and premonition of oblivion, but there is no comfort or gratification in it.

Aug 4, 2015 | Full Review…

Fassbinder's visual style is the perfect match for this subject.

Oct 23, 2004 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

A chilly, tough, wicked satire disguised as the sort of schmaltzy, black-and-white, 1950's melodrama.

Aug 30, 2004 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…

The situation soon freezes into an inert, rather facile metaphor for America's postwar domination of the German soul.

Jan 1, 2000 | Full Review…

It's a transfixing blend of old Hollywood, the Douglas Sirk-styled tropes Fassbinder adored so much, a powerful look at fading fame and addiction...

Aug 28, 2018 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Die Sehnsucht der Veronika Voss


With a black-and-white cinematography that emulates the visual style of movies from the 1950s, this bleak story - the second of Fassbinder's BRD Trilogy - invests in a downbeat approach, icier than the other two, with an end that curiously parallels the director's own demise.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

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with an icy visual style even more marvelous than 'maria braun', this thinly disguised biopic of the downfall of a famous actress of the third reich is absolutely chilling to watch. fantastic high key b&w photography renders many scenes almost completely white, with odd lighting effects and fassbinder's eccentric musical choices reflecting our heroine's descent into madness. many many references for fans of 'sunset blvd'. enjoyed very much!!

Stella Dallas
Stella Dallas

Super Reviewer

Chilling! Fassbinder's visual technique complements the morphine induced highs and lows experienced by the star. A harrowing satire of the fickleness of the film industry, public perception, addiction, and the parasites that prosper through exploitation.

Stefanie C
Stefanie C

Super Reviewer


This is from the Criterion Collection, and like most films from the Criterion Collection it takes over half the movie to really get into it. I saw the The BRD Trilogy: Veronika Voss (1982) version. About a Morphine addict. Had english subtitles, Movie is in German. Its rather good.

Bruce Bruce
Bruce Bruce

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