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With: Brad Davis, Franco Nero, Jeanne Moreau, Laurent Malet, Hanno Pöschl, G�nther Kaufmann, Burkhard Driest, Roger Fritz
Written by: Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Burkhard Driest, based on a novel by Jean Genet
Directed by: Rainer Werner Fassbinder
MPAA Rating: R
Running Time: 108
Date: 08/31/1982
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Querelle (1982)

2 Stars (out of 4)

Gay Deceivers

By Jeffrey M. Anderson

Querelle (1982, Columbia/Tristar, $24.95) was Fassbinder's final film, and though he finished shooting it himself, it was edited after he died. It's a stunningly gorgeous film, beautifully transferred to DVD; one of his only pictures in widescreen, and openly, passionately homosexual. It follows a sailor named Querelle (Brad Davis) who begins to explore his gayness at a mysterious port in the town of Brest. Jeanne Moreau plays the whorehouse madam and Gunther Kaufmann (also in Pioneers in Ingolstadt) plays the catalyst for Querelle's quest. Despite the striking, golden photography, the film comes across as overly eclectic and ambiguous. The dialogue plays like bad poetry and a real connection with the characters never comes. It's probably worth a look only for Fassbinder's most die-hard fans.

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