Die Sehnsucht der Veronika Voss
Die Sehnsucht der Veronika Voss (1982)

Originally Die Sehnsucht de Veronika Voss, this Rainer Werner Fassbinder spin on Sunset Boulevard stars Rosel Zech as film actress Veronika Voss. Once the toast of Germany, Veronika had allegedly been an intimate of Joseph Gobbels. But the… More

Rated: R
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: February 18, 1982
DVD Release Date: September 30, 2003
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Critic Score: 67% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Gary Arnold
Washington Post

Far from apprehending this effect as a felicitous esthetic touch, one simply gets the creeps from it. Veronika Voss is no doubt a peculiarly authentic last testament and premonition of oblivion, but there is no comfort or gratification in it.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

The situation soon freezes into an inert, rather facile metaphor for America's postwar domination of the German soul.

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Christopher Null

Fassbinder's work here is muddy at best. His black and white cinematography limits his typically washed-out color palette while failing to connect us emotionally with the bygone era.

Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

Fassbinder's visual style is the perfect match for this subject.

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TV Guide

One of the most stylish of Fassbinder's many films.

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Vincent Canby
New York Times

A chilly, tough, wicked satire disguised as the sort of schmaltzy, black-and-white, 1950's melodrama.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

This was the last film that Rainer Werner Fassbinder completed before his suicide.

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Flixster Audience Score: 88% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalhães
With a black-and-white cinematography that emulates the visual style of movies from the 1950s, this bleak story - the second of Fassbinder's BRD Trilogy -… More
Bruce Bruce
This is from the Criterion Collection, and like most films from the Criterion Collection it takes over half the movie to really get into it. I saw the The BRD… More
Stella Dallas
with an icy visual style even more marvelous than 'maria braun', this thinly disguised biopic of the downfall of a famous actress of the third reich… More
Mark Abell
A bizarre black and white film, in German, with subtitles, that tells the tale of a once famous actress who has fallen on hard times and has come under the sway… More
Stefanie C
Chilling! Fassbinder's visual technique complements the morphine induced highs and lows experienced by the star. A harrowing satire of the fickleness of… More
Eric Broome
Basically a German counterpart to "Sunset Boulevard," "Veronika Voss" is a portrait of a fading '50s film queen who's out of work,… More