“One must let out the animal, into the sunlight with the animal.”
The anarchist poet Baal is especially attracted to two things in life: Alcohol and Sex. To gain the latter he charms men and women alike with his lyrical lines until he has completely exhausted them with his egocentric and extremely moody attitude. The desperate who are hopelessly under his spell get quickly replaced. In the end he is left with a bottle of booze, which he also prefers to the newly pregnant Sophie. When he finally destroys his one remaining, always faithful companion, Baal becomes the one who must perish alone and miserable in the forest.
Volker Schlöndorff on Brecht’s different versions
Volker Schlöndorff on the reception of the film
© Weltkino Filmverleih GmbH. Die “Baal”-DVD erscheint in der Zweitausendeins Edition Der deutsche Film.
Volker Schlöndorff on the casting
Volker Schlöndorff on theater and television
"Tropicalism" in Lower Bavaria