In 1914, with men gone to war, Marcel Proust hired Céleste Albaret as his attendant. More than eight years later, she was at his side when he died. During this entire time, she only entered his room when he rang for her, sleeping from 9 AM to 3 PM to wait during the night while he wrote. Marcel uses her as more than a servant: she is his muse, telling stories of her childhood to stir his remembrance of things past; she’s in cahoots with him as he manipulates those he wants to draw on for his writing; she listens appalled to his descriptions of the underside of Paris. Hers is a life of love and sweet devotion as he races time to finish his work before death.
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Paul Cézanne im Gespräch mit Joachim Gasquet / Cézanne: Conversation with Joachim Gasquet (1989) Danièle Huillet, Jean-Marie Straub, Documentary
In 1989 Jean-Marie Straub and Danièle Huillet realized a film project that was commissioned by Virginie Herbin, director of the audiovisual department of the Musée d’Orsay. The film is based on Joachim Gasquet’s recollected and imagined dialogs with Cézanne, Ce qui m’a dit…(1921).
Der Teufel in Miss Jonas / The Devil in Miss Jonas (1976) Erwin C. Dietrich, Jürg Coray, Marianne Dupont, Christa Free, Horror, Mystery, Erotic
Young girl. She is a nymphomaniac and condemned to death by a tribunal of some sorts and then beheaded. She arrives in hell, is greeted by the devil himself. He discovers however that she did arrive too early. She is sent back to earth for a final night of sex, nightmares and sex
Warnung vor einer heiligen Nutte / Beware of a Holy Whore (1971) Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Lou Castel, Eddie Constantine, Marquard Bohm, Comedy, Drama
On a film set there are two things missing, the film material and the director. So the actors and actresses as well as the crew try to make the best out of the situation. When the director arrives the material is still missing and so they still wait and try to make the best out of the situation. When the material finally arrives all folks involved into the film find themselves in a weird situation. Jealousy, competition and despair are ruling. Nobody seems to be able to break through this atmosphere, so they all still try to make the best out of the situation, but this is probably not the way to finish the film.
Blue Rita / Das Frauenhaus (1977) Jesús Franco, Martine Fléty, Sarah Strasberg, Dagmar Bürger, Action, Crime, Thriller, Erotic
Nightclub owner and erotic dancer Rita Blue uses her place as a front for working undercover as a spy. Motivated by her vehement hatred of men that stems from having been sexually abused as a child, Rita and her seductive female cohorts not only gleefully torture guys as a means to obtain vital information, but also manhandle wealthy men in order to make them hand over their fortunes to them.
Die linkshändige Frau / The Left-Handed Woman (1978) Peter Handke, Edith Clever, Markus Mühleisen, Bruno Ganz, Drama
Mourning for a lost relationship can be every bit as devastating as mourning for someone who has died. In this drama based on the director’s own novel, a couple with an unhappy marriage agree to a trial separation. They try to patch things up, and at the same time other relationships begin to develop for them.
Die Zärtlichkeit der Wölfe / Tenderness of the Wolves (1973) Ulli Lommel, Kurt Raab, Jeff Roden, Margit Carstensen, Ingrid Caven, Crime, Drama, Thriller
In 1925, in Germany, Fritz Haarmann is a homosexual, thief and sneak, having a special license from the police. He sells meat in the black market. He also kills boys and young men, drinking their blood, quarter-sewing their bodies and throwing away the parts in a river. Certainly what he sells in the black market is human meat.