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Querelle (Bilingual)

Brad Davis , Franco Nero , Rainer Werner Fassbinder    DVD
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
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2.0 out of 5 stars Wild Boys April 9 2004
Format:DVD
An ambitious and original movie, Rainer Werner Fassbider`s "Querelle" is an interesting effort with some compelling moments but ends up being too flawed as a whole. This experimental release presents a surreal and dreamy mood that showcases Querelle`s (a marine played by Brad Davis) search for himself and his true nature. His search will lead to some risky relationships with a couple of his mates, presenting a movie that combines campy moments with some introspective and symbolic ones. What we have here is a film that explores human desire, narcisism, homo(sexuality) and seduction in an unique and peculiar way, even if the characters are too self-absorbed and the plot drags in many scenes. "Querelle" is too ambiguous and ethereal to deliver a convincing resolution, even if it delivers an unusual dark atmosphere with compelling settings and brilliant direction (the photography is also good, displaying excellent colours and textures). The acting is not very intriguing and the weird characters turn this into an unusual yet cold cinematic experience. Fassbinder presents some good ideas here, still this effort is to sparse and disjointed to become a solid movie.
Not bad, just too uneven to convince.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Let's not get ahead of ourselves. July 12 2003
By Tim C
Format:DVD
This movie truly made me rethink my pompous blow-hard nature: that is to say, I'm fanatical about Jean Genet, madly in love with Brad Davis, and I even MOSTLY like Fassbinder. But for some reason, I can never seem to get through the first half of this movie.
Jean Genet's forbidden story of Querelle was, simply put, never meant to be translated into a movie. The internal struggles of Querelle were too innate, too complex...to ever be categorized and flow-charted and minced down into two hours of a panel-by-panel film script.
Now, with that said, I think Fassbinder made an excellent attempt to put you right up inside the taboo story of our favorite murderer/hero. The scenery is luscious, the costumry finely detailed, the casting superb. Not to mention the delicious sailor booty of a certain leading man, Brad Davis.
Still, I find this movie left me with much to be desired. After the torrid affair of Querelle and Nono, I wanted to roll over and go to sleep (no underlying meaning meant). Even THEN, there was only so much tension up until that point, and the plot manuevering that Fassbinder undertook did nothing to appease me. For example, the lusty leiutenant who writes of Querelle in the novel, keeps, instead, a tape recorded diary. With any horribly tedious passages taken directly from the text. In terribly stiff monologues.
Scary stuff.
All in all, I rated this movie with four of five stars. It perfectly compliments any Genet collection and makes for wonderful ornamentation on your DVD shelves. But if you've never heard of Jean Genet or never saw a Fassbinder movie, you should probably buy a different homoerotic brothel-lined story of metamorphoses and love.
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Format:VHS Tape
I bought the dubbed version of this movie, but, had seen it first with subtitles. The dubbed version is by far the best. As you miss so much trying to read the captions.

This was close if not the last movie Brad Davis made before he died of aids. Being shunned by producers here in the U.S. He went to Europe to work and lucky for us he did.
Querelle,(Brad Davis) Is anchored on a merchant ship in Brest,France. He enters a brothel, to find his brother wrapped around the owner, Jeanne Moreau(Lysiane) And finds out about his homosexuality thru the toss of the dice.
This is not a gay thing, but, rather a discourse on homosexualism. Querelle, does not believe in two men loving each other , but, two men can enjoy each other and why-not indulge your sexual desires to the max..After loosing the toss-of-the-dice, he tells Gunther, 'we will not Kiss' and Gunther replies, "that goes without saying".

Ms. Moreau is stunning and puts out a song that is haunting, and tells of Querelles love for his brother, might be more than brotherly love!!

I found this movie to be very intriguing, and found myself trying to catch all the phallic symbolism on the etched window panes and the writting on the walls of the local W.C.
Franco Nero, plays the Lietenent who is much enamored with Querelle and tapes his longings for him.. This is a must see for those who can cope with the amoral,decadence and troubled mind of Jean Genet and Fassbinder; and can cope with homosexuality, explicit. I give this film a **** stars rating.this is the vhs version-dubbed ciao yaaah69
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2.0 out of 5 stars Quriously Quirky "Querelle" Aug. 27 2001
Format:DVD
Films are a lot like wine. Some become finer with age, others simply go flat. "Querelle" has neither improved nor deteriorated since it first made the rounds of U. S. arthouses back in the early 1980's. It was potent rotgut then, and it's still potent rotgut twenty years later ... okay for a quick buzz, but ultimately an unsatisfying selection that may not settle well. The film's appeal lies within the main ingredients that promise a flavorful mix: source material by Jean Genet; direction by maverick German filmmaker Rainer Werner Fassbinder; and star performances from an impressive international cast headed by Franco Nero, Jeanne Moreau, and (especially) gay icon Brad Davis who is cast as the overtly homosexual title character. Unfortunately, the final product is contaminated by some unneeded artificial flavors and colors, specifically: preachy and pretentious narrative interruptions; some disconcertingly choreographed sequences that would more properly belong in a stylized musical romp rather than a dramatic character study; and an incoherent script that diverts the core of the movie away from plot and character development and allows the director to indulge in too much visual grandstanding (the phallus-shaped turrets, the coital etchings in the tavern glass, etc., etc.). Some of these minor elements might have blended well if they had been added in balanced proportions, but the haphazard recipe followed resulted in a bitter mess that is sure to leave many connoisseurs with an unpleasant aftertaste and a queasy stomach. If you're still determined to sample this unusual concoction, may I recommend the DVD? The contents may be flawed, but the packaging is outstanding, and the film is presented with great style. Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning Stylish and Brilliantly Original
This is a film I had been meaning to see for a long time and wish I had not left it so long. It stars sultry, hunk, Brad Davis (`Midnight Express' and `Chariots of Fire') as the... Read more
Published 17 months ago by Tommy Dooley
1.0 out of 5 stars sorry, this is not a good farewell for Fassbinder
It's very sad that this film became his last. I too love Fassbinder's work and Brad Davis is great, but you can't say that by watching this piece. Read more
Published on Dec 5 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars A great movie!
I never expected this movie to be so dark and sexy. It looks like a screened comic book with flat stereotyped porn cliché characters in a violent gay storyline. Read more
Published on Oct. 23 2002 by "dany-in-the-jungle"
5.0 out of 5 stars MASTERPIECE
A BRILLIANT MOVIE.IT IS BASED ON A GENIUS WRITER GENET'S BOOK,
DIRECTED BY A GENIUS DIRECTOR AND STARRING A GENIUS CAST.
Published on Oct. 14 2002 by MEHMET SANDER
4.0 out of 5 stars Rub a Dub Dub
First of all when you get the DVD version, you have the opportunity to watch the film as it was originally filmed - in English. Read more
Published on Aug. 6 2002 by Andrew Mackintosh
1.0 out of 5 stars No wonder it was his last film.
I've been a fan of Fassbinder since my college days. I was hooked when I saw "The Marriage of Maria Braun", however Querelle was a big disappointment for me. Read more
Published on June 6 2002 by PJE
4.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating and Bizarre
Brad Davis is captivating as the sailor boy prostitute "Querelle" desired by men and women alike in this odd, yet gentle masterpiece. Read more
Published on April 4 2002 by Jose R. Perez
5.0 out of 5 stars Each Man Kills the Thing He Loves
There is no doubt that this is an unusual film, but one that contains several layers of meaning. Most of the content is symbolic and philosophic, but it is an interesting attempt... Read more
Published on March 8 2002 by Jack M. Walter
1.0 out of 5 stars very poor DVD quality
The film is great, but the DVD release doesn't do justice to it. Picture is ok, but not great. The sound is mono. Subtitles are only occasionally simultaneous with the action. Read more
Published on Feb. 17 2002 by roberto
4.0 out of 5 stars Surprising!
The bright side of this movie is that it's surprisingly outrageous! It is not a very direct movie, you have to infer much of its meaning and it's very subject to personal... Read more
Published on Oct. 25 2001
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