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Despair

Rainer Werner Fassbinder's fleshy pink, hothouse comedy (1979), adapted from Nabokov by Tom Stoppard. The first half is oppressive, cluttered, and funny, but as the film forsakes its artificial settings for more open spaces, it becomes pale and mechanical. Dirk Bogarde, the voice of decadence, is Nabokov's prissy, deluded hero, the proprietor of a chocolate factory who hatches a wild scheme to fake his own suicide. With Andrea Ferreol and Volker Spengler.

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