Directed by Rainer Werner Fassbinder • 1978 • West Germany
Starring Dirk Bogarde, Andréa Ferréol, Klaus Löwitsch
Adapted by Tom Stoppard from a novel by Vladimir Nabokov, Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s first English-language film is a perversely stylized investigation of identity and duality. Dissatisfied with his life as a chocolate manufacturer amid the rising tide of Nazism in 1930s Berlin, Hermann Hermann (Dirk Bogarde) begins to imagine leaving everything behind and starting over. The appearance of a doppelgänger provides the inspiration for a perfect, delightful crime: his own death and rebirth.