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August 22, 2011

Despair

Hermann Hermann, a Russian emigrant and successful chocolate magnate, starts to experience hallucinations. One day, he meets Felix and is sure that this man is his doppelganger. His delusional thinking leads him to hatch a plan to relieve him of his mental anguish.
screenplay, Tom Stoppard ; director, Rainer Werner Fassbinder.
Based on the novel by Vladimir Nabokov.

I have been intrigued by this film since I saw it in the early 1990s. Is this a study of slow, creeping madness or just about someone who wants to start over against overwhelming odds? One of my favorite Fassbinder's. ~Mike

Originally produced as a motion picture in 1978. Germany
Restored version 2011.

Askwith Media Library 55172-D

Posted by mcmike at August 22, 2011 11:16 AM

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