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Despair [Eine Reise ins Licht] *** (1978, Dirk Bogarde, Andréa Ferréol, Klaus Löwitsch, Volker Spengler) – Classic Movie Review 3950

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Dirk Bogarde stars in German director Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s 1978 English-language film about Hermann Hermann, a 1930s Russian immigrant chocolate magnate businessman in Germany who begins to fall apart and go slowly mad. It also stars Andréa Ferréol, Klaus Löwitsch and Volker Spengler.

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All seemed set for a great movie when Bogarde agreed to play the role and, even if it did not turn out to be a great movie, certainly the star does produce the kind of complex, engrossing, top-level performance expected from him.

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However, Tom Stoppard’s screenplay adapting Vladimir Nabokov’s novel is low on his usual wit, bite and coherence. Meanwhile Fassbinder, possibly troubled by filming in English, plunges into a gloomy morass before very long, though that reflects the title accurately. We weren’t ever going to get a lot of laughs in a film called Despair.

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Fassbinder ensures that the movie is extremely well crafted: Michael Ballhaus’s cinematography is superb and Rolf Zehetbauer’s production designs are first rate.

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Despair is an intriguing, ambitious film that may disappoint some of Bogarde’s and Fassbinder’s fans, but it certainly has its fervent admirers.

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Also in the cast are Peter Kern, Alexander Allerson, Bernhard Wicki, Gottfried John, Hark Bohm, Roger Fritz and Hans Zander.

© Derek Winnert 2016 Classic Movie Review 3950

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