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Querelle

Querelle

Querelle

1982 / 108min / 35mm

DIRECTOR: RAINER WERNER FASSBINDER

CAST: BRAD DAVIS, FRANCO NERO, JEANNE MOREAU

Fassbinder’s posthumously released final film was both a match made in heaven—the gay outlaw king of New German Cinema adapts the novel Querelle de Brest, by that quintessential vagabond queer, Jean Genet—and a film different from any he’d made before, an English-language work set in a sumptuous soundstage imagining of a French port town cruised by Brad Davis’s hunky, deadly sailor. An erotic opium dream of a film, that will send you out with chanteuse Jeanne Moreau’s signature song ringing in your ears: “Each man kills the thing he loves…”

Screens as a part of Valentine's Day at Metrograph.