Drama, Foreign
Germany | German | Color | 1h 27min

Volker Schlöndorff transposes Bertolt Brecht’s late-expressionist work to latter-day 1969. Poet and anarchist Baal lives in an attic and reads his poems to cab drivers. At first feted and later rejected by bourgeois society, Baal roams through forests and along motorways, greedy for schnapps, cigarettes, women and men: ‘You have to let out the beast, let him out into the sunlight.’ After impregnating a young actress he soon comes to regard her as a millstone round his neck. He stabs a friend to death and dies alone. ‘You are useless, mangy and wild, you beast, you crawl through the lowest boughs of the tree.’

Cast View all

Rainer Werner Fassbinder Baal
Sigi Graue Ekart
Margarethe von Trotta Sophie
Günther Neutze Mech
Hanna Schygulla Luise
Marian Seidowsky Johannes
Irmgard Paulis Johanna
Wilmut Borell Mjurk
Christine Schuberth Stripperin Sabitka
Walter Sedlmayr Anwalt Pschierer
Gunther Kaufmann Kutscher Orgauer
Miriam Spoerri Emilie Mech
Johannes Buzalski Penner bei Prozession
Carla Egerer Junges Weib
Michael Gempart Mann mit Kamm
Peer Raben Holzfäller mit rotem Hemd
Jean Launay Mann mit Magengeschwür
Andrea Brüdern Junge Dame
Claudia Butenuth Frau mit Baby
Harry Baer Gast am kalten Buffet
Irm Hermann Hausfrau
Rudolf Waldemar Brem Erster Holzfäller
Sigi Sommer Zweiter Holzfäller
Herbert Rimbach
Ulf-Jürgen Wagner

Crew View all

Director Volker Schlöndorff
Writer Bertolt Brecht, Volker Schlöndorff
Producer Volker Schlöndorff, Hans Prescher, Hellmut Haffner
Photography Dietrich Lohmann
Musician Klaus Doldinger


Barcode Format Region Released Edition
715515213011 Blu-ray Disc 1 Mar 20, 2018
888751994997 Blu-ray Disc
715515213110 DVD 1 Mar 20, 2018
4250323719752 DVD