Rainer Werner Fassbinder

Veronika Voss

Veronika Voss

A once-beloved Third Reich–era starlet, Veronika Voss (Rosel Zech) lives in obscurity in postwar Munich. Struggling for survival and haunted by past glories, she encounters sportswriter Robert Krohn (Hilmar Thate) in a rain-swept park and intrigues him with her mysterious beauty. As their unlikely relationship develops, Robert comes to discover the dark secrets that brought about the decline of Veronika’s career. Based on the true story of a World War II Ufa star, Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s Veronika Voss is wicked satire disguised as a 1950s melodrama.

Film Info

  • West Germany
  • 1982
  • 104 minutes
  • Black & White
  • 1.78:1
  • German
  • Spine #205

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The BRD Trilogy

The BRD Trilogy

Blu-ray Box Set

3 Discs


Veronika Voss
Rosel Zech
Veronika Voss
Hilmar Thate
Robert Krohn
Cornelia Froboess
Annemarie Düringer
Dr. Marianne Katz
Doris Schade
Erik Schumann
Dr. Edel
Peter Berling
Film producer
Günther Kaufmann
Sonja Neudorfer
Lilo Pempeit
Shop owner
Volker Spengler
Film director no. 1
Herbert Steinmetz
Elisabeth Volkmann
Hans Wyprächtiger
Peter Zadek
Film director no. 2
Johanna Hofer
Old married couple
Rudolf Platte
Old married couple
Armin Mueller-Stahl
Max Rehbein
Rainer Werner Fassbinder
Thomas Schühly
Screenplay by
Peter Märthesheimer
Screenplay by
Pea Fröhlich
Screenplay by
Rainer Werner Fassbinder
Music by
Peer Raben
Production designer
Rolf Zehetbauer
Xaver Schwarzenberger
Film editor
Juliane Lorenz
Costume designer
Barbara Baum
Art director
Walter Richarz
Assistant director
Karin Viesel
Assistant director
Harry Baer
Assistant director
Tamara Kafka
Assistant camera
Josef Vavra
Vladimir Vizner
Makeup artist
Anni Nöbauer
Makeup artist
Gerd Nemetz


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Rainer Werner Fassbinder


Rainer Werner Fassbinder
Rainer Werner Fassbinder

Rainer Werner Fassbinder made an astonishing forty-four movies—theatrical features, television movies and miniseries, and shorts among them—in a career that spanned a mere sixteen years, ending with his death at thirty-seven in 1982. He is perhaps remembered best for his intense and exquisitely shabby social melodramas (Ali: Fear Eats the Soul)—heavily influenced by Hollywood films, especially the female-driven tearjerkers of Douglas Sirk, and featuring misfit characters that often reflected his own fluid sexuality and self-destructive tendencies. But his body of work runs the gamut from epic period pieces (Berlin Alexanderplatz, the BRD Trilogy) to dystopic science fiction (World on a Wire) as well. One particular fascination of Fassbinder’s was the way the ghosts of the past, specifically those of World War II, haunted contemporary German life—an interest that wedded him to many of the other artists of the New German Cinema movement, which began in the late 1960s.