• Germany
  • 1982
  • 104 minutes
  • Black and White
  • 1.78:1
  • German
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  • Spine #205

Once-beloved Third Reich–era starlet Veronika Voss (Rosel Zech) lives in obscurity in postwar Munich. Struggling for survival and haunted by past glories, the forgotten star encounters sportswriter Robert Krohn (Hilmar Thate) in a rain-swept park and intrigues him with her mysterious beauty. As their unlikely relationship develops, Krohn comes to discover the dark secrets behind the faded actresses’ demise. Based on the true story of a World War II UFA star, Veronika Voss is wicked satire disguised as 1950s melodrama.

Cast

Veronika VossRosel Zech
Robert KrohnHilmar Thate
HenrietteCornelia Froboess
Dr. Marianne KatzAnnemarie Düringer
JosefaDoris Schade
Dr. EdelErik Schumann
Film producerPeter Berling
G.I.Günther Kaufmann
SaleswomanSonja Neudorfer
ChefinLilo Pempeit
Film director No. 1Volker Spengler
GardnerHerbert Steinmetz
GreteElisabeth Volkmann
Editor-in-chiefHans Wyprächtiger
Film director No. 2Peter Zadek
Old married coupleJohanna Hofer
Old married coupleRudolf Platte
Max RehbeinArmin Mueller-Stahl

Credits

ProducerThomas Schühly
ScreenplayPeter Märthesheimer and Pea Fröhlich
MusicPeer Raben
Production designRolf Zehetbauer
CinematographyXaver Schwarzenberger
Film editorJuliane Lorenz
Costume designerBarbara Baum
Art directorWalter Richarz
Assistant directorsKarin Viesel, Harry Baer and Tamara Kafka
Assistant cameraJosef Vavra
SoundVladimir Vizner
Makeup artistsAnni Nöbauer and Gerd Nemetz
DirectorRainer Werner Fassbinder

Disc Features

  • New high-definition digital transfer, enhanced for widescreen televisions
  • Audio commentary by Fassbinder scholar Tony Rayns
  • New video conversation with star Rosel Zech and editor Juliane Lorenz
  • Dance with Death (Tanz mit dem Tod), a one-hour portrait of UFA Studios star Sybille Schmitz, Fassbinder’s inspiration for the character Veronika Voss
  • New and improved English subtitle translation
  • Optimal image quality: RSDL dual-layer edition

Film Essays

Heartbreak House: Fassbinder's BRD Trilogy

By Kent Jones September 29, 2003

People say that drugs killed Rainer Werner Fassbinder, but after taking another look at his films and his writings, I have a different idea. He once said, famously, that he was trying to . . . Read more »


Film Essays

Sweet Death: Veronika Voss Production History

By Michael Töteberg September 29, 2003

In May 1981, in the midst of shooting Lola, Rainer Werner Fassbinder sketched out his next film project: Sybille Schmitz. On the cover, he had written, “Story for a Feature Film*.” The asterisk . . . Read more »

Film Essays

Heartbreak House: Fassbinder's BRD Trilogy

By Kent Jones September 29, 2003

People say that drugs killed Rainer Werner Fassbinder, but after taking another look at his films and his writings, I have a different idea. He once said, famously, that he was trying to . . . Read more »


Film Essays

Sweet Death: Veronika Voss Production History

By Michael Töteberg September 29, 2003

In May 1981, in the midst of shooting Lola, Rainer Werner Fassbinder sketched out his next film project: Sybille Schmitz. On the cover, he had written, “Story for a Feature Film*.” The asterisk . . . Read more »