Querelle

  • 1982
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Drama

Rainer Werner Fassbinder's final film is an adaptation of Jean Genet's infamous novel Querelle de Brest, which deals with a sailor coming to terms with his homosexuality. Querelle (Brad Davis, star of MIDNIGHT EXPRESS), a self-absorbed young man in search of his identity, slits the throat of his opium-smuggling partner, Vic (Dieter Schidor), when their...read more

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Rainer Werner Fassbinder's final film is an adaptation of Jean Genet's infamous novel Querelle de Brest, which deals with a sailor coming to terms with his homosexuality. Querelle (Brad Davis, star of MIDNIGHT EXPRESS), a self-absorbed young man in search of his identity, slits the throat

of his opium-smuggling partner, Vic (Dieter Schidor), when their ship docks at Brest. In the meantime, another murder is committed by Gil (Hanno Poschl), a man who looks very much like Querelle's brother, Robert (also played by Poschl). In a brothel run by Lysiane (Jeanne Moreau), Querelle meets a

number of the regulars, including Lysiane's husband, Nono (Gunther Kaufmann), a burly, intimidating black man who plays games of chance and sodomizes the losers. While trying to find himself, Querelle must, to use Fassbinder's phrase, "become identical with himself." An extremely complex film,

both philosophically and structurally, QUERELLE appeared to mark the beginning of a new era of filmmaking for Fassbinder. With it he began his attempt to liberate film from its inherent objective reality and to involve the viewer in a subjective, imaginative experience more akin to reading a

novel. As a result his Brest is a stylistic dream world of brilliant colors, harsh lighting, phallic architecture, black leather, and a painted sky--his own subjective conjuring. Because the film is an experiment, it often seems disjointed or incomprehensible, but more than anything it marks a

radical turning point in narrative filmmaking. Fassbinder died just after QUERELLE's completion.

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  • Released: 1982
  • Rating: NR
  • Review: Rainer Werner Fassbinder's final film is an adaptation of Jean Genet's infamous novel Querelle de Brest, which deals with a sailor coming to terms with his homosexuality. Querelle (Brad Davis, star of MIDNIGHT EXPRESS), a self-absorbed young man in search… (more)

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