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Die Sehnsucht der Veronika Voss

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scott s Not my favorite in the BRD Trilogy, but still thought-provoking in a Fassbinder way. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 03/30/23 Full Review Audience Member Fassbinder's penultimate film is an ode to classical Hollywood (most notably Billy WIlder's Sunset Boulevard), which actually undermines Fassbinder's talents for being a maestro of the New-Wave. Veronika Voss succeeds in capturing the look of a by-gone era, with stylish editing and authentic black-and-white cinematography, but it's hard not to miss the director's beautifully turgid aesthetic that he supplied to almost all his other films. Also, the film's story of a drug-adled former film star had the potential to concoct one of his most sincere films, but instead its muddled at best, and ends on a sour and anti-climactic note. There are still some great scenes in the film, and strong performances, but it's ultimately a lesser entry in the Fassbinder canon. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 01/23/23 Full Review Audience Member my review: Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/16/23 Full Review Audience Member This is my personal favorite Fassbinder film. Imaginative, surreal and metaphor laden - Veronika Voss will not be ignored. Nor should this film and Rosel Zech's performance be missed. Sublime filmmaking. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 01/29/23 Full Review Audience Member Based on the true story of German film star Sybille Schmitz, famous for her appearances in films like Vampyr (1930) and the German propaganda Titanic (1943), Veronika Voss is a stylishly filmed tragedy about a reporter in the Munich of 1955 that tries to follow the story about the famous actress of the same name (Veronika Voss), and finds out that her self-destructive nature is even worsened by her personal Doctor who keeps her captive under the use of morphine to gain control of everything that belongs to Veronika, including her own life. What first stands out before anything is the immaculate visual style, which can be used as evidence of Fassbinder's aesthetic genius and cinematic versatility. The set design is so great and the usage of the B&W colors so vivid (ironically) that the film scratches the realm of the otherworldly. The whole aesthetic structure functions as a neo-noir of exaggerated contrasts, in which we barely get any grey tones. Everything is either blinding white or pitch dark. This is notable in the contrast between the utter darkness of the exterior scenery and the internal set design of the doctor's facilities, where the entire furniture is white-colored so that the only things that stand out are the characters' faces. Secondly, this is the third part of the BRD (Bundesrepublik Deutschland) trilogy, and the story is credited to be reminiscent of Wilder's Sunset Blvd. (1950), showcasing the psychological downfall of an actress. Only this time, a crime/thriller element is added to the formula where an external party malevolently acts over the will of the actress, deteriorating all of Veronika's efforts to pull off a single scene successfully. The reference to Wilder's noir piece is acceptable, but not a direct comparison to see which one is precisely better, because both films play the cards very differently. Thirdly, I would dare to say the film inspired the visual style of several others in the future, starting with Zentropa (1991), the war neo-noir that debatedly inspired the comic-book look of the film adaptations of Frank Miller's comic books, but not only in the terms of visuals, but also plot handling and character development. What would make Veronika Voss special is the great ability of Fassbinder to construct a tragedy out of his BRD stories. Events escalate until reaching a tragic climax that turns all the preceding events upside down and makes you reflect on the purpose of it all. But the outcome always hits hard. One of the most special films of the decade and definitely one that was ahead of its time in its attempt to pay tribute to te genres that inspired it while drawing a map of influence and inspiration for other projects to come, Veronika Voss consolidates Fassbinder as one of the greatest minds to ever have worked in European cinema, a great artist, and a moving dramatist. 94/100 Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 01/22/23 Full Review Audience Member I'm just going to go right out and say it: this film makes Sunset Boulevard look absolutely trivial. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/06/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Rainer Werner Fassbinder