Previously at the ICA - Films

Members' Screening: Despair

27 Oct 2013

Chocolate, cuckoldry and doppelganger delusion abound in Rainer Werner Fassbinder's stunning English language adaptation of Vladimir Nabokov's interwar novel.

The chocolate business has been good to Russian exile Hermann. He enjoys the good life with his beautiful wife Lydia. But Hermann is addicted to out-of-body experiences and when he meets a tramp on a business trip, he hatches an insane escape plan.

Featuring international stars Dirk Bogarde (Death in Venice) and Andrea Ferreol (La Grande Bouffe) and adapted by British dramatist Tom Stoppard (Shakespeare in Love), Fassbinder's Despair is a vivid off-kilter masterwork set against the background of the Nazis in ascendance. 

Berlin Alexanderplatz
This Members' Screening coincides with a unique opportunity to see Fassbinder's seminal 1980 television series Berlin Alexanderplatz in full, screened from the original 35mm prints. There are two opportunities to see the full programme: on the weekend of 9/10 November with an introduction by Iain Sinclair and Chris Petit, and also on 16/17 of November 2013. Find out more

Please note that all films are 18+ unless otherwise stated

Despair, dir. Rainer Werner Fassbinder, UK 1978, 115 mins

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