ESPOO CINÉ
INTERNATIONAL
FILM FESTIVAL
21.-30.8.2015
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Volker Schlöndorff

Baal

FRG 1969

In German / English subtitles

88 min

Rating: 16


Volker Schlöndorff transposes Bertolt Brecht's late-expressionist work to latter-day 1969. Poet and anarchist Baal lives in an attic and reads his poems to cab drivers. At first feted and later rejected by bourgeois society, Baal roams through forests and along motorways, greedy for schnapps, cigarettes, women and men … The film takes youthful impetuousness and hatred of oppression as its subject and also ponders the cult of genius and sexual morals. … After the film was broadcast on West German television, Brecht's widow Helene Weigel prohibited any further screenings, arguing that the social circumstances engendering Baal's rebelliousness had not been adequately explained.
- Berlinale


Director:Volker Schlöndorff

Screenplay: Based on a play by Bertolt Brecht, Volker Schlöndorff
Cast: Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Sigi Graue, Margarethe von Trotta, Günther Neutze, Hanna Schygulla
Production: Volker Schlöndorff / Hallelujah Film

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