Baal

Baal

BR Deutschland 1969, TV-Spielfilm

Inhalt

Volker Schlöndorff transposes Bertolt Brecht’s late-expressionist work to latter-day 1969. Poet and anarchist Baal lives in an attic and reads his poems to cab drivers. At first feted and later rejected by bourgeois society, Baal roams through forests and along motorways, greedy for schnapps, cigarettes, women and men: ‘You have to let out the beast, let him out into the sunlight.’ After impregnating a young actress he soon comes to regard her as a millstone round his neck. He stabs a friend to death and dies alone. ‘You are useless, mangy and wild, you beast, you crawl through the lowest boughs of the tree.’

The film takes youthful impetuousness and hatred of oppression as its subject and also ponders the cult of genius and sexual morals. Rainer Werner Fassbinder simultaneously plays both Baal and himself and is surrounded by many actors who were later to perform in his own films. After the film was broadcast on West German television, Brecht’s widow Helene Weigel prohibited any further screenings, arguing that the social circumstances engendering Baal’s rebelliousness had not been adequately explained.

Source: 64. Internationale Filmfestspiele Berlin (Catalogue)

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Credits

All Credits

Director:Volker Schlöndorff
Assistant director:Hans-Jörg Weyhmüller, Klaus-Oliver Keil
Screenplay:Volker Schlöndorff
based on:Bertolt Brecht (Bühnenstück)
Director of photography:Dietrich Lohmann
Assistant camera:Lutz Fries
Production design:Hanna von Axmann-Rezzori (Hanna von Axmann Rezzori)
Prop master:Hermann Treml
Editing:Peter Ettengruber
Sound:Alfred Limmer, Ludwig Probst, Franz K. Meyer
Music:Klaus Doldinger
  
Cast: 
Rainer Werner FassbinderBaal
Hanna SchygullaLuisa
Margarethe von TrottaSophie
Günther NeutzeMech
Miriam SpoerriEmilie
Marian SeidowskyJohannes
Irmgard PaulisJohanna
Carla AulauluJunges Weib
Wilmut BorellMjurk
Rudolf Waldemar BremHolzfäller
Andrea BrüdernJunge Dame
Irm HermannHausfrau
Günther KaufmannOrgauer
Eva Pampuch1. Schwester
Sigi GraueEkart
Peer RabenHolzfäller
Walter SedlmayrPschierer
Thomas MahloJunger Mann
Sabine von Maydell2. Schwester
András Fricsay Kali SonLupu
Wilhelm GrasshoffDr. Philler
Ulf-Jürgen Wagner
Claudia Butenuth
Johannes Buzalski
Michael Gempart
Jean Launay
Herbert Rimbach
Christine Schuberth
Siegfried >Sigi< Sommer
  
Production company:Hallelujah-Film GmbH (München), Hessischer Rundfunk (HR) (Frankfurt am Main), Bayerischer Rundfunk (BR) (München)
Producer:Volker Schlöndorff, Hellmut Haffner (Gesamtleitung), Hans Prescher (Gesamtleitung)
Producer (TV):Hans Prescher (HR)
Unit production manager:Hans Fries
Location manager:Peter Prusik
Original distributor:Weltkino Filmverleih GmbH (Leipzig, Feldafing) (2014)
Length:960 m, 88 min
Format:16mm, 1:1,37
Picture/Sound:Eastmancolor, Mono
Screening:TV-Erstsendung (DE): 07.01.1970, HR 3;
Aufführung (DE): 07.02.2014, Berlin, IFF - Berlinale Special;
Kinostart (DE): 20.03.2014

Titles

Originaltitel (DE) Baal

Versions

Original

Length:960 m, 88 min
Format:16mm, 1:1,37
Picture/Sound:Eastmancolor, Mono
Screening:TV-Erstsendung (DE): 07.01.1970, HR 3;
Aufführung (DE): 07.02.2014, Berlin, IFF - Berlinale Special;
Kinostart (DE): 20.03.2014