Fassbinder’s final film—a multinational production released posthumously just months after his tragic death—is an adaptation of one of Jean Genet’s most lurid and scandalous novels. Eschewing the characteristically blunt and direct naturalistic style that defined his filmmaking throughout the 1970s, Fassbinder further develops his experiments with colourful, Anger-esque expressionism initiated in Lola.
Presented by the Melbourne Cinémathèque & ACMI
Upon docking at the port town of Brest, handsome sailor Querelle (played by an oft-tank topped Brad Davis) frequents a bar and brothel owned by Lysiane (Jeanne Moreau). Soon he is involved in a series of sexual, criminal and murderous exploits whilst being pursued by a corrupt police chief, a construction worker and a smitten Lieutenant played by Franco Nero.