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
Rating:
R
Genre:
Drama
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Criterion Collection

Cast

Armin Mueller-Stahl
as Max Rehbein
Rainer Werner Fassbinder
as Police Superintendent
Rosel Zech
as Veronika Voss
Volker Spengler
as Director
Lilo Pempeit
as Saleswoman's Boss
Peter Berling
as Fat Film Producer
Doris Schade
as Josefa
Günther Kaufmann
as G.I. Dealer
Brigitte Horney
as Frau Treibel
Hilmar Thate
as Robert Krohn
Cornelia Froboess
as Henriette
Johanna Hofer
as Mrs. Treibel
Erik Schumann
as Dr. Edel
Karl-Heinz von Hassel
as Doctor at asylum
Sonja Neudorfer
as Saleswoman
Dieter Schidor
as Kripodeamter
Rudolf Platte
as Mr. Treibel
Hans Wyprächtiger
as Head Editor
Juliane Lorenz
as Secretary
Peter Luehr
as Herr Treibel
Peter Zadek
as Film Director
Tamara Kafka
as Arztin
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Critic Reviews for Die Sehnsucht der Veronika Voss

All Critics (9) | Top Critics (4)

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.

Full Review… | August 4, 2015
Washington Post
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | October 23, 2004
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | August 30, 2004
New York Times
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | December 31, 1999
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

One of the most stylish of Fassbinder's many films.

Full Review… | September 18, 2006
TV Guide

This was the last film that Rainer Werner Fassbinder completed before his suicide.

Full Review… | September 27, 2003
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Audience Reviews for Die Sehnsucht der Veronika Voss

½

With a black-and-white photography that emulates the visual style of the movies in 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

Super Reviewer

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

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