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250 Ratings

Gods of the Plague

Götter der Pest

West Germany, 1970
Drama, Avant-Garde, LGBT+


Harry Baer, a Fassbinder discovery, plays a newly released ex-convict who slowly but surely makes his way back into the Munich criminal underworld.

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Gods of the Plague Directed by Rainer Werner Fassbinder

Awards & Festivals

German Film Awards

1970 | 2 wins including: Best Performance by an Ensemble (Gold)

Critics reviews

It contains even more movie references than [LOVE IS COLDER THAN DEATH] and a more intricate style to boot. The camera moves more frequently here than in the first film, and there are numerous chiaroscuro effects; moreover, the inclusion of a cabaret number shows the growing influence of Josef von Sternberg… This isn’t one of Fassbinder’s best films—it lacks the melodramatic component that gives his better work its intensity—but its attitude is intoxicating.
October 06, 2017
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