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Fabian Oder Der Gang vor die Hunde

Dominik Graf | 2020 | 177 MINS
Germany | Subtitles
UK Premiere:
Erich Kästner’s novel originally translated in 1932 as “Fabian. The Story of a Moralist” is a brilliantly astute rendering of life in Weimar Berlin, straightforward and yet surreal, witty and perverse.

In Detail

Berlin during the Weimar Republic, Fabian works in a cigarette factory by day and drifts through brothels, bars and artist studios at night with his wealthy friend Labude when he falls in love with an actress. As her career begins to blossom, prospects for his future begin to wane.

The story draws parallels between then and now, underlining wherever possible an equivalence between the heated pre-war atmosphere of dissipated pleasure-seeking and today, deliberately acknowledging all the history in-between.

The film has a freewheeling dynamism and allowing Fabian to shake off the stuffier tropes of historical drama. ‘Going to the Dogs’ is poetic, ugly, romantic, tragic, and side-splitting. Superbly capturing the Weimar period. Not to be missed.


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