Die Sehnsucht Der Veronika Voss


Main Details
Premiere Date 1982-02-18
Alternative Titles
  • Veronika Voss (English)
  • Veronika Vossin Kaipuu (Finnish)
  • Le Secret De Veronika Voss (French)
  • A Saudade De Veronika Voss (Portuguese)
  • Тоска Вероники Фосс (Russian)
  • La Ansiedad De Veronika Voss (Spanish)
Category Feature Film
Directed By Rainer Werner Fassbinder
Writer Rainer Werner Fassbinder
Writer Pea Fröhlich
Writer Peter Märthesheimer
Actress Rosel Zech as Veronika Voss
Actor Hilmar Thate as Robert Krohn
Actress Cornelia Froboess as Henriette
Actress Annemarie Düringer as Dr. Marianne Katz
Actress Doris Schade as Josefa
Actor Erik Schumann as Dr. Edel
Notes A famous German actress, Veronika Voss (Rozel Zech) in her forties tries to revive her career while struggling with alcohol and drugs in the final chapter to Fassbinder's trilogy about collapse of the West German postwar dream. The film was inspired by the tragic life of famous UFA actress, Sybille Schmitz (1909-1955). She began her career in the films by the giants such Georg Wilhelm Pabst and Carl Theodor Dreyer and soon became one of Germany's beloved actress. Everything changed during the WWII and especially after its end.

Fassbinder's film which was shot in black and white visually is very impressive. "Light and shadows are two cinema's best secrets" says Veronika in the movie and light and shadows make the film a joy to behold. I like it but I think it is the weakest part of the trilogy perhaps because "Lola" and "Maria Braun" are so strong. I found the documentary about Sybille Schmitz, "Dances with Death" which is included on Criterion DVD much more compelling.

Munich, 1955: A sports journalist meets Veronika Voss, an UFA actress who supposedly had an affair with Goebbels. Now declining, Voss is kept by her "kind" doctor, Dr. Katz, supplying her house, food, clean clothes and her favourite: morphine. Voss, trying to come back towards the cinema, cannot perform an absurdly simple scene, but it attracts the attention of the journalist, who suspects that something's very wrong regarding her doctor.


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