Despair (1978)

Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s first film in English was brilliantly adapted by Tom Stoppard from Vladimir Nabokov’s novel set in 1930s Berlin.

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  • Eine Reise ins Licht Alternative German
  • Desespoir Alternative French


With his business about to fail, Hermann Hermann (Dirk Bogarde), an exiled Russian chocolate manufacturer, encounters his double and plans the perfect crime.

Hypnotically watchable, Bogarde does exquisite justice to the sparkling dialogue, endowing Hermann with complex interior life.

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