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In a Year of 13 Moons

In a Year of 13 Moons
Movie: In a Year of 13 Moons(1978)[tt0077729] This drama follows the last few days in the life of Elvira (formerly Erwin) Weisshaupt. Years before, Erwin told a co-worker, Anton, that he loved him. "Too bad, you aren't a woman," he replied. Erwin took Anton at his word. Trying to salvage something from the wreckage love has made of his life, he now hopes that Anton will not reject him again. Written byErik Gregersen <erik@astro.as.utexas.edu>
Title In a Year of 13 Moons
Release Date 17 November 1978 (West Germany)
Runtime
Genres Drama
Production Companies Filmverlag der Autoren, Pro-ject Filmproduktion, Tango Film
Volker Spengler
Volker Spengler...
Erwin / Elv...
Ingrid Caven
Ingrid Caven...
Die rote Zora...
Gottfried John
Gottfried John...
Anton Saitz...
Elisabeth Trissenaar
Elisabeth Trissenaar...
Irene Weishaupt...
Eva Mattes
Eva Mattes...
Marie-Ann Weishaupt...
Günther Kaufmann
Günther Kaufmann...
J. Smolik, Chauffeur...
Isolde Barth
Isolde Barth...
Sybille...
Karl Scheydt
Karl Scheydt...
Christoph Hacker...

Reviews

Galina_movie_fan on 29 August 2006
The movie should have been called "Despair" had Fassbinder himself not made the film with that title just before "In einem Jahr mit 13 Monden" (1978) which was very personal for the writer/director who had to come to terms with his lover's suicide. This drama follows the last few days in the life of Elvira - Erwin Weisshaupt. Several years back, Ervin underwent the sex change operation in hopes to win love of the man he loved. It did not help him to make Anton love him and it did not make him happier. It may sound beautiful, "I'll do anything for love, I'll be anything you want me to be" but by trying to be someone else, a person simply loses his/her own identity, becomes lonely and desperate and has no way out.The movie is the most touching, moving, powerful and devastating Fassbinder ever made - it is impossibly difficult to watch at times but it does not make it a bad movie. The acting is fantastic by everyone; the directing is tight and Fassbinder is always in control taking movie from its melodramatic roots to the heights of pure tragedy, never been over-sentimental and even providing some humor. The choice of music with the references to "Death in Venice" (eternal and never fulfilled longing) and to Fellini's "Amarcord" (looking back at one's life trying to find the roots in the childhood, to understand how and why the things happened the way they did) makes the film even more compelling.Warning: there is a scene in the slaughterhouse which is almost unbearable to watch. It is the very important scene but be prepared for it. It does not spare any details of the job done and in its emotional impact is as horrifying as "The Blood of the Beasts" (1949), the short documentary by Georges Franju.

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