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Despair (1978)

119 min | Drama

Germany in the early 1930s. Against the backdrop of the Nazis' rise, Herman Hermann (Sir Dirk Bogarde), a Russian émigré and chocolate magnate, goes slowly mad. It begins with him seating himself in a chair to observe himself making love ...See moreGermany in the early 1930s. Against the backdrop of the Nazis' rise, Herman Hermann (Sir Dirk Bogarde), a Russian émigré and chocolate magnate, goes slowly mad. It begins with him seating himself in a chair to observe himself making love to his wife, Lydia (Andréa Ferréol), a zaftig empty-headed siren, who is also sleeping with her cousin. Hermann is soon given to intemperate outbursts at his workers, other businessmen, and strangers. Then, he meets Felix (Klaus Löwitsch), an itinerant laborer, who he delusionally believes looks exactly like him. Armed with a new life insurance policy, he hatches an elaborate plot in the belief it will free him of all of his worries. Written by See less
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Tom Stoppard (screenplay) | Vladimir Nabokov (novel "Otchayaniye")
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DEM6,000,000
Opening weekend
$11,623
Gross (US & Canada)
$8,144
Gross (World)
$8,144
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Oct 1978 (United States)

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Dirk Bogarde
Herman Herman   See fewer
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Volker Spengler
Ardalion Ardalion   See fewer
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Armin Meier
Silverman / Sergeant Brown / Foreman Silverman / Sergeant Brown / Foreman   See fewer
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Peter Kern
Müller Müller   See fewer
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Adrian Hoven
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Hark Bohm
Doctor Doctor   See fewer
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Roger Fritz
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Gottfried John
Perebrodov Perebrodov   See fewer
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Y Sa Lo
Elsie Elsie   See fewer
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Lilo Pempeit
Secretary Schmidt Secretary Schmidt   See fewer
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Ingrid Caven
Hotel Manager Hotel Manager   See fewer
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Voli Geiler
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Isolde Barth
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Bernhard Wicki
Orlovius Orlovius   See fewer
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Harry Baer
Innkeeper (uncredited) Innkeeper (uncredited)   See fewer
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Gitty Djamal
Woman in Pension (uncredited) Woman in Pension (uncredited)   See fewer
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Post Office Clerk (uncredited) Post Office Clerk (uncredited)   See fewer
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7.3 / 10 | 1,834 votes