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Just a Gigolo (GER) ( Schöner Gigolo, armer Gigolo )

David Bowie , David Hemmings , David Hemmings    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: David Bowie, David Hemmings, Maria Schell, Curd Jürgens, Marlene Dietrich
  • Directors: David Hemmings
  • Producers: armer Gigolo ) Just a Gigolo (GER) ( Schöner Gigolo, Just a Gigolo (GER), armer Gigolo Schöner Gigolo
  • Format: Import, PAL, Widescreen
  • Subtitles: German
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Run Time: 196.00 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0035OT888
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 221,606 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Germany released, PAL/Region 2 DVD: LANGUAGES: English ( Dolby Digital 2.0 ), German ( Dolby Digital 2.0 ), German ( Subtitles ), WIDESCREEN (1.85:1), SPECIAL FEATURES: Black & White, Interactive Menu, Scene Access, Trailer(s), SYNOPSIS: ***Original English version - 101 min (select 'extras' from the main menu to watch English version); Dubbed German version - 95 min***
The West German Just a Gigolo has little to do with the popular song of the same name. Its central character, played by David Bowie, is a World War I-era Prussian aristocrat. Living by his wits throughout Europe, Bowie uses his sexual prowess with beautiful women (and powerful men) to advance himself. The leering lothario eventually comes to grief in the decadent Berlin of the 1920s. We don't know how he did it, but director David Hemmings managed to corral some of the most stellar sex goddesses in film history to play cameos in Just a Gigolo: Kim Novak, Maria Schell, and even Marlene Dietrich. The film was originally released as Schoner Gigolo, Armer Gigolo. ...Just a Gigolo (GER) ( Schöner Gigolo, armer Gigolo )

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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Just A Gigolo DVD 16 July 2007
Format:DVD
Forget this atrociously mastered incomplete copy of the film. The picture is abysmal, with very strange cutting including a cut halfway through Marlene Dietrich's singing of the title song!
The plot revolves round a German Officer redundant after the first world war. Unable to find any agreeable work, he lusts after a scawny ol' nightclub singer (with little clothing) and finds his way into being an escort for rich old ladies. The cast includes David Bowie, David Hemmings, Kim Novak, and Marlene Dietrich. The latter giving the only performance worth watching in the film.
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By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAME TOP 100 REVIEWER
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Following David Bowie's none-too-bright young Prussian officer's progress through post-World War One Berlin, Just a Gigolo is one of those oddities that occasionally get thrown up by international co-production agreements. At times it's hard to know quite what to make of its blend of not quite comedy and not quite drama, the tone not helped by Bowie's stilted lead performance and atrocious delivery of his dialogue, the very evident post-production problems and some of the worst lip-synching and sound editing you're ever likely to see and hear. It may have had what seemed like impeccable credentials on paper, including a script credit for the co-writer of Il Grido, but Bowie was less than enamoured with the results: "Listen, you were disappointed, and you weren't even in it. Imagine how we felt. It was my 32 Elvis Presley movies rolled into one."

The Thin White Duke is offered as a sort of symbol for Germany in the years between the wars: everyone wants to claim him for their own but no-one really cares about him. Pointlessly proud but aimlessly drifting without any particular talents or a sense of purpose to compensate while the Nazis gradually rise, he slowly drifts into becoming part of Marlene Dietrich's regiment of gigolos. Along the way he's teased by Sydne Rome, overdoing the Sally Bowles shtick as the revolutionary-cum-nightclub-singer-cum-movie-star upstairs, briefly kept by Kim Novak's rich widow and briefly flirts with ex-officer David Hemmings new political organisation.
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5.0 out of 5 stars AN INTERESTING FILM 26 Sep 2013
By Arthur Homer - Published on Amazon.com
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I BOUGHT THIS JUST FOR THE BRIEF SCENE NEAR THE END WHEN THE GREAT MARLENE DIETRICH CAME OUT OF
RETIREMENT TO SING FOR THIS FILM. FASCINATING!
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