Despair

1978

N / A

119 Min

Despair

(0/5)

Germany in the early 1930s. Against the backdrop of the Nazis' rise, Hermann Hermann, a Russian émigré and chocolate magnate, goes slowly mad. It begins with his seating himself in a chair to observe himself making love to his wife, Lydia, a zaftig empty-headed siren who is also sleeping with her cousin. Hermann is soon given to intemperate outbursts at his workers, other businessmen, and strangers. Then, he meets Felix, an itinerant laborer, whom he delusionally believes looks exactly… Read More

Details

Released:
Jan 1st, 1978
Budget:
$6,000,000.00
Revenue:
$10,500,000.00
Country:
USA

Starring

Dirk Bogarde
Andréa Ferréol
Klaus Löwitsch
Volker Spengler

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Cast/Crew-View All

  • Dirk Bogarde

    Herman

  • Andréa Ferréol

    Lydia

  • Klaus Löwitsch

    Felix

  • Volker Spengler

    Ardalion

Trivia-View All

- The name of the chocolate factory in 1930s Berlin, Germany is never disclosed.

- Star Dirk Bogarde was not cast in a dual role as his doppelgänger as his "double" merely existed in his character's head.

- First international co-production of German director Rainer Werner Fassbinder according to the University of California Berkeley's German Department.

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