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Querelle [DVD][1982]


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  • Actors: Brad Davis, Franco Nero, Jeanne Moreau, Laurent Malet, Hanno Pöschl
  • Directors: Rainer Werner Fassbinder
  • Writers: Burkhard Driest, Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Jean Genet
  • Producers: Dieter Schidor, Michael McLernon, Sam Waynberg
  • Format: PAL, Anamorphic, Colour, HiFi Sound, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Second Sight
  • DVD Release Date: 21 Jan 2002
  • Run Time: 104 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005UMRV
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 56,880 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Special Features: none
Ratio: 2.35:1
Audio: Stereo

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Adapted from Jean Genet's homoerotic novel, the final film of director Fasbinder's career is a surreal tale of sex and murder that has become a cult favourite. Brad Davis stars as Querelle, an enigmatic, drug-dealing sailor on shore leave in the port of Brest. Amidst the sultry, highly charged atmosphere, he embarks on a journey of sexual self discovery.

With its striking, iconic imagery, set against the orange glow of a permanent sunset, Querelle is a dreamlike experience and a unique piece of filmmaking.


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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful By PM on 4 Feb 2007
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Fassbinder's last film is based on what would seem to be an unfilmable 'Querelle de Brest', by Jean Genet. It looks wonderful: lush orange sunsets, sailors, workmen, prostitues, policemen, phallic imagery. Brad Davis is stunning as the amoral, beautiful sailor. The plot and the dialogue are patchy and enigmatic, confusing at times, like a dream, bizarre at times, like a fantasy, but the sumptuousness of the whole spectacle carries the viewer along and the film contains some of the most erotic scenes in cinema. Gunther Kaufmann is wonderful as the pimp Nono, against whom all men who visit his brothel must play a game of dice: if the man wins, he gets to have sex with Nono's wife, if he loses, he must let Nono shag him; Querelle loses on purpose, not because he is gay, but in order to go beyond the bounds of experience and morality. The music by Peer Raben is mesmerising and haunting. Although a difficult and flawed film, it is a landmark in modern cinema. Fassbinder must have had a great time directing it. Apparently there is a more explicit cut of this movie. Please release it!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Tommy Dooley TOP 100 REVIEWER on 15 Mar 2013
Format: DVD
This is a film I had been meaning to see for a long time and wish I had not left it so long. It stars sultry, hunk, Brad Davis (`Midnight Express' and `Chariots of Fire') as the title character Querelle. He is a gay, sailor who arrives in the French port of Brest to do a drug deal whilst opportunistically being on shore and some random violence and sex if he feels like it and oh yes he does. He is also the object of unrequited love of the ships Lieutenant Seblon (Franco Nero who's had an amazing career just made `Django Unchained' and was in the original `Django' in 1966) who lustily watches his underling whilst recording his feelings on a Dictaphone.

All the action in the town seems to centre on a bar/brothel where the `host' Nono throws dice to see who gets to `have' whom. If he wins you are basically going to be on the receiving end of some pretty big man `bear' type action. Also Nono's wife is having an open liaison with Querelles' brother and on meeting it is clear they have a love / hate relationship which seems to centre around some sort of physical attraction. Things happen at a poetic pace that is almost surreal at times and this is all absolutely intentional as it builds to an ending that is written big, from the start, that will be tragic.

This is an adaptation of Jean Genet's book and as such was always going to be difficult to adapt, but if anyone could then it has to be the director here Rainer Werner Fassbinder(`The Marriage of Maria Braun' and `The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant'). This was Fassbinder's last film in what had been both a productive and illuminating career; sadly he died of an overdose of cocaine at the age of 37.
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41 of 58 people found the following review helpful By HDR on 27 July 2002
Format: DVD
This was Fassbinders last film before he passed away and it may be one of his best.
Unfortinality this is not a great DVD-realese of the movie.
The transfer is not anamorphic but it's in widescreen aspect 2.35:1, there are no subtitles avaible. The region 1 realese is in anamorphic widescreen and does have subtitles in some laungagues, like english for hearing impacts.
The sound describes as dolby digital 2.0 but it sound more like mono to me, but it probably the original sound.
It's a shame this realese is so bad because it's however a great movie.
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