The PossessedLes possédés / Die Dämonen / The Possessed
Frankreich / France 1987/88
116 MIN / 35mm, Farbe, OmdU
REGIE / DIRECTOR: Andrzej Wajda

Buch/Screenplay: Jean-Claude Carrière
in Zusammenarbeit mit/in Association with: Andrzej Wajda, Agnieszka Holland,
Edward Zebrowski
nach dem Roman "Besy" von Fjodor Dostojevskij
Kamera/Cinematography: Witold Adamek
Ausstattung/Art Director: Allan Starski
Schnitt/Editor: Halina Prugar-Kettling
Musik/Music: Zygmunt Konieczny
Produzent/Producer: Margaret Menegoz
Darsteller/Cast: Isabelle Huppert, Lambert Wilson, Jerzy Radziwilowicz, Omar Sharif,
Jutta Lampe, Bernard Blier
Produktion / Production: Les Films du Losange, Paris

Caligari: 13.04. 14.00 Uhr


Andrzej WajdaThe great old man of Polish cinema has put the emphasis of this film adaptation on the internal mechanisms in a group of revolutionaries. Wajda could rely on a cast which assembled numerous up-and-coming stars of the French cinema around Omar Sharif: Lambert Wilson, Isabelle Huppert, Remi Martin, as well as Jean-Philippe Ecoffey. They form the nucleus of a group of revolutionaries led by anarchist Verchovenskij and antichrist Stavrogin. To strengthen the cell's cohesion, the renegade printer Shatov shall be killed. His wife had been lured by Stavrogin and dies while giving birth to her child which Shatov doesn't survive either. Dostojevskij's pamphlet against atheism and nihilism is presented as a condemnation of revolutionary terror coming from pathologically exceptional characters (such as the "unnaturally beautiful" Stavrogin).