It’s medieval times. Kohlhaas merchants with horses. When going to the local fair to sell his horses Read More »
Tag Archives: Volker Schlöndorff
A nearly illiterate woman becomes one of the founders of Poland’s Solidarity union. Read More »
In World War II, after a period living hell on earth in the concentration camp of Dachau with other catholic priests Read More »
Degree of Murder (1967) Volker Schlöndorff, Anita Pallenberg, Hans Peter Hallwachs, Manfred Fischbeck
After accidentally shooting dead her ex-lover during a fight, Marie enlists the help of a stranger Read More »
After being released from prison on a bum charge, Harry Barber is out for some payback to regain the two years he has lost. Read More »
Frenchman Abel Tiffauges loves kids, and would like to protect them against the grown-ups. Read More »
A Gathering of Old Men (1987) Volker Schlöndorff, Louis Gossett Jr., Richard Widmark, Holly Hunter, Drama
A regular day in a Louisiana sugarcane plantation changes course when a local white farmer is shot in self defense. Read More »
Die Fälschung / Circle of Deceit (1981) Volker Schlöndorff, Bruno Ganz, Hanna Schygulla, Jean Carmet, Drama, War
Laschen, a German journalist, travels to the city of Beirut during the fights between Christians and Palestinians to produce an essay about the situation. Read More »
Homo faber / Voyager (1991) Volker Schlöndorff, Sam Shepard, Julie Delpy, Barbara Sukowa, Drama, Romance, Art-house
Having recently survived a plane crash, American engineer Walter Faber (Sam Shepard) decides to forgo flying and cross the Atlantic Ocean via ship. Read More »
The Handmaid’s Tale (1990) Volker Schlöndorff, Natasha Richardson, Faye Dunaway, Aidan Quinn, Drama, Romance, Sci-Fi
Set in a Fascistic future America, The Handmaid’s Tale tells the story of Kate, a handmaid. In this America, the religious right has taken over and gone hog-wild. Read More »
Die Blechtrommel / The Tin Drum (1979) Volker Schlöndorff, David Bennent, Mario Adorf, Angela Winkler, Drama, War
Danzig in the 1920s/1930s. Oskar Matzerath, son of a local dealer, is a most unusual boy. Equipped with full intellect right from his birth he decides at his third birthday not to grow up as he sees the crazy world around him at the eve of World War II. So he refuses the society and his tin drum symbolizes his protest against the middle-class mentality of his family and neighborhood, which stand for all passive people in Nazi Germany at that time. However, (almost) nobody listens to him, so the catastrophe goes on…
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Death of a Salesman / Mort d’un Commis Voyageur (1985) Volker Schlöndorff, Dustin Hoffman, Kate Reid, John Malkovich, Drama
Willy Loman, a salesman based in New York City, returns home from a trip to Yonkers where his sons, Biff and Happy, and his wife, Linda, greet him. Biff, who had been working on a farm in Texas, talks to Happy about working outside, and how this house brings back bad memories, and boxes him in. Willy goes outside and flashes back to Biff’s childhood: Biff is the star quarterback of his high school football team, and the Lomans’ neighbor, Bernard, advises him to study math, but Biff and Happy ignore him and carry on playing football. Later on in the flashback, Willy goes inside, where Linda talks to him about their budget. Willy is reminded of an encounter he had with The Woman, during which he gave her some red silk stockings, with lettering along the sides that said “scarlet’s dream”, and when he returns from the flashback, he sees Linda mending some stockings and snatches them away in guilt. Later, he and Charley engage in a card game (casino), during which Willy is reminded of his brother Ben. Ben begins a dialogue with him, and Willy contemplates why he
can’t become successful.
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Strohfeuer / A Free Woman (1972) Volker Schlöndorff, Maria Brunner, Wolfgang Bächler, Ute Ellin, Drama
A divorced woman in her thirties fights a losing battle in Munich to attain belated self-fulfillment. The die is cast in a briskly impersonal society geared to male dominance and early training for career women.
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Baal explores the cult of the genius, an anti-heroic figure who chooses to be a social outcast and live on the fringe of bourgeois morality.
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Swann In Love / Un amour de Swann (1984) Volker Schlöndorff, Jeremy Irons, Ornella Muti, Alain Delon, Drama, Romance
Elegant and educated bachelor, Charles Swann, moves in the most powerful and fashionable circles of Paris in the 1890’s. When he falls in love with Odette de Crecy, a courtesan, his friends warn him against marriage. Proving himself a silly and socially-foul goose, Swann ducks his social responsibilities, Odette ensnares him, and he is gently but firmly cast out of society amidst everyone’s great politeness.
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