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Querelle (1982)

French sailor Querelle arrives in Brest and starts frequenting a strange whorehouse. He discovers that his brother Robert is the lover of the lady owner, Lysiane. Here, you can play dice ... See full summary »

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Roger Bataille
Hanno Pöschl ...
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Burkhard Driest ...
Roger Fritz ...
Marcellin
Dieter Schidor ...
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Paulette (as Nadja Brunkhorst)
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Betrunkener Legionär (as Robert v. Ackeren)
Werner Asam ...
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Axel Bauer ...
Arbeiter
Neil Bell ...
Theo
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French sailor Querelle arrives in Brest and starts frequenting a strange whorehouse. He discovers that his brother Robert is the lover of the lady owner, Lysiane. Here, you can play dice with Nono, Lysiane's husband : if you win, you are allowed to make love with Lysiane, if you lose, you have to make love with Nono... Querelle loses on purpose... Written by Yepok

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It will take you into a surreal world of passion and sexuality, further than most would dare to go. [Video Australia]

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8 September 1982 (France)  »

Also Known As:

Matrosen och stjärnan  »

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DEM 4,400,000 (estimated)
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According to "Genet: A Biography" (1993) by Edmund White, the film was originally going to be directed by Werner Schroeter but finance couldn't be raised with him as director. Both Sam Peckinpah and John Schlesinger were considered to direct before in the end German filmmaker Rainer Werner Fassbinder was hired to helm the film. See more »

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Lysiane: Your prick has more character.
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Features Super Road Champions (1978) See more »

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The Cross-Road
Composed By [Musique Composée Par] David Ambach, Peer Raben
Directed By [Dirigée Par], Orchestrated By [Orchestrée Par] Peer Raben
(P) Schlicht Musikverlage, 1982 RCA/Ciné Music
© Schlicht Musikverlage
Published and Licensed by Musikverlage Hans Wewerka
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Queer Masterpiece
20 February 2007 | by See all my reviews

Jean Genet's queer theory is still cutting edge and controversial. The film version can't begin to encompass all the ideas in the novel, but it stands on its own. This film is stylized and poetic, raw and crass. Tenderness and brutality blend until you can't tell one from the other. Betrayal becomes an act of affection. Submission is empowering.

Characters travel to extremes in their journeys of self discovery. One man seduces his young lover with lecherous statements about the boy's sister, "Imagine what I'd do to her if I were holding her like I'm holding you right now." The same man later rants in a bar, "I'm all man!!! I even f*** guys!" This dichotomy of gender-play and defiant same-sexuality is at the root of Genet's queer theory. Even someone with no knowledge of Genet's philosophy will be struck by its power in this film.


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