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  • Actor Rosel Zech, wearing a fur stole and heels, sits on the ground, crouched against a doorway.
  • An elderly man kisses the hand of a middle-aged woman.
  • Actor Rosel Zech looks straight ahead while a man stands behind her, aggressively putting his face next to hers.
  • Actor Rosel Zech smokes a cigarette and talks on the phone, a disco ball shining in the background.

Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s


Friday, May 10

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(1982) Die Sehnsucht der Veronika Voss. In the 50s, former Third Reich star Veronika Voss (played by Rosel Zech, and based on the real-life Sybille Schmitz) lives on, to be befriended by sportswriter Hilmar Thate, but unable to escape her drug addicted entrapment by her lesbian physician. One of Fassbinder’s most stylish works, with Armin Mueller-Stahl (Lola, Shine, Avalon) and the director in and eerie cameo as a moviegoer. 35mm. Approx. 102 min.

Part of Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s BRD Trilogy.


“A chilly, though wicked satire disguised as a schmaltzy, black & white 1950s melodrama.”
– Vincent Canby, The New York Times

“If Sirk’s colorful melodramas were once Fassbinder’s models, this is closer to Wilder’s Sunset Boulevard.”
Time Out