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Veronika Voss

R Released Feb 8, 1982 1h 45m Drama List
76% Tomatometer 17 Reviews 85% Audience Score Fewer than 50 Ratings
In Munich 1955, German film star Veronika Voss (Rosel Zech) becomes a drug addict at the mercy of corrupt Dr. Marianne Katz (Annemarie Düringer), who keeps her supplied with morphine. After meeting sports writer Robert Krohn (Hilmar Thate), Veronika begins to dream of a return to stardom. As the couple's relationship escalates in intensity, Veronika begins seriously planning her return to the screen -- only to realize how debilitated she has become through her drug habit. Read More Read Less

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Michael Blowen Boston Globe Fassbinder's best film. Apr 27, 2018 Full Review Gary Arnold Washington Post 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 Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times Fassbinder's visual style is the perfect match for this subject. Rated: 4/4 Oct 23, 2004 Full Review Michael Bronski Gay Community News (Boston) Veronika Voss feels like Fassbinder is playing it safe. Sep 8, 2022 Full Review Yasser Medina Cinefilia I manage to surprise myself watching 'Veronika Voss', the penultimate film by German director Rainer Werner Fassbinder and the third in his BRD trilogy. [Full review in Spanish] Rated: 7/10 Aug 8, 2020 Full Review Diego Galán El Pais (Spain) The script is weakened when analyzing the circumstances of its protagonists and the political story doesn't cover everything it highlights. [Full Review in Spanish] Aug 23, 2019 Full Review Read all reviews

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Dave S Veronika Voss (Rosel Zech) is a tragic figure, similar in many ways to Norma Desmond of Sunset Boulevard, a former actress who is unable to accept that her professional career has passed her by, thanks in large part to the morphine that is spoon-fed to her by her manipulative doctor. Made at the end of Rainer Werner Fassbinder's brief but prolific career, it is one of his finest films, packed with solid performances, intriguing sets, crisp black and white cinematography, and some of the most stylish and effective lighting that you'll ever see in a film. Strangely, the movie's remarkable visual style sometimes feels like it distracts the viewer from the story and the characters, but this is a minor complaint about an otherwise brilliant film. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 10/16/23 Full Review william k Beautifully photographed in black-and-white in exquisitely stylish sets, this melodrama follows the tragic fate of a former German movie star who can no longer find success in post-war Germany; Fassbinder clearly set this as homage to the actress Sybille Schmitz, who he admired, but also as a critique of the relentless German society after WWII. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis In Munich 1955, German film star Veronika Voss (Rosel Zech) becomes a drug addict at the mercy of corrupt Dr. Marianne Katz (Annemarie Düringer), who keeps her supplied with morphine. After meeting sports writer Robert Krohn (Hilmar Thate), Veronika begins to dream of a return to stardom. As the couple's relationship escalates in intensity, Veronika begins seriously planning her return to the screen -- only to realize how debilitated she has become through her drug habit.
Director
Rainer Werner Fassbinder
Producer
Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Thomas Schühly, Horst Wendlandt, Bertram Vetter
Screenwriter
Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Pea Fröhlich, Peter Märthesheimer
Production Co
Tango Film
Rating
R
Genre
Drama
Original Language
English
Release Date (Theaters)
Feb 8, 1982, Original
Release Date (DVD)
Sep 30, 2003
Runtime
1h 45m