The controversial and dreamlike French/German film Querelle never received an either an American theatrical release or a video release. Originally panned by European critics and audiences, “Querelle”, Fassbinder’s final film, disappeared from the public mind. Now for the first time in the U.S., Columbia TriStar Home Video will be bringing the film to DVD, allowing most American viewers to see the film for the first time.
French sailor Querelle (Brad Davis) arrives in Brest and starts frequenting a strange whorehouse. He discovers that his brother Robert (Hanno Poschl) is the lover of the lady owner, Lysiane (Jeanne Moreau). Here, you can play dice with Nono, Lysiane’s husband: if you win, you are allowed to make love with Lysiane, if you loose, you have to make love with Nono (Gunther Kaufmann). Querelle loses on purpose.
The DVD will be anamorphic widescreen and will contain English and French audio tracks in the film’s original Mono. The disc will contain three minutes of extra footage restored to the film bringing the total runtime to 109 minutes.
Coming on July 10th, “Querelle” will have a suggested price of $24.95.