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Just a Gigolo (1978)

Schöner Gigolo, armer Gigolo (original title)
After World War I, a war hero returns to Berlin to find that there's no place for him--he has no skills other than what he learned in the army, and can only find menial, low-paying jobs. He decides to become a gigolo to lonely rich women.

Director:

David Hemmings
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
David Bowie ... Paul Ambrosius von Przygodski
Sydne Rome ... Cilly
Kim Novak ... Helga von Kaiserling
David Hemmings ... Captain Hermann Kraft
Maria Schell ... Pauls Mutti Frau von Przygodski
Curd Jürgens ... Prince
Erika Pluhar ... Eva
Hilde Weissner ... Aunt Hilda
Werner Pochath ... Otto
Marlene Dietrich ... Baroness von Semering
Rudolf Schündler ... Oberst Gustav von Przygodski
Evelyn Künneke ... Frau Aeckerle (as Evelyn Künnecke)
Friedhelm Lehmann Friedhelm Lehmann ... Major Alexander von Müller
Karin Hardt ... Frau Uexkull
Rainer Hunold Rainer Hunold ... Lothar
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Storyline

After World War I, a war hero returns to Berlin to find that there's no place for him--he has no skills other than what he learned in the army, and can only find menial, low-paying jobs. He decides to become a gigolo to lonely rich women.

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Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

West Germany

Language:

English | German

Release Date:

16 November 1978 (West Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Just a Gigolo See more »

Filming Locations:

Berlin, Germany See more »

Company Credits

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(cut)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Kim Novak and David Hemmings had previously worked together on " Eye of the Devil" , Novak had had to leave that production due to a riding accident although it is possible she was fired. See more »

Crazy Credits

"And featuring, with great pride, MARLENE DIETRICH" See more »

Alternate Versions

The original European version ran a full 147 minutes. The U.S. version was cut to 105 minutes. Only this version is available on video (Water Bearer Films Video) in the United States. See more »

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Soundtracks

Just A Gigolo
Music by Leonello Casucci
Lyrics by Irving Caesar (German Lyrics by Julius Brammer)
Sung by Marlene Dietrich
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Offbeat, parallel-universe look at Weimar poised between romanticism and despair
25 September 1999 | by AbuAhzanSee all my reviews

This is one of the most unusual films I have ever seen. It's an offbeat, sensitively filmed look at Weimar Germany in a sort of parallel-universe version. "Cabaret" it is not! If you ever get a chance to see it, I don't want to spoil the ending for you . . . but when you see it, you'll say to yourself, "Of course! Why didn't I foresee that coming?!?" David Bowie plays a sort of innocent ne'er-do-well discharged from the German army after World War I and drifting through existence; he can't find anything to do with himself except hire himself out as a "gigolo" for rich, proto-Eurotrash war widows in ballrooms where they "dance to forget". Bowie's father is a once-domineering tyrant who has been silenced by a stroke. Bowie tries to break the news to him that he has descended so far as to play the gigolo, a betrayal of his father's macho ideals, but Dad only sits in stony silence -- a disturbing scene. Bowie plays a poor lost soul. As Western civilization decays all around him, a sinister character stalks him and tries to gain control over him; this bloke is vaguely homosexual (only suggested), and one of his lines is a real groaner of a double-entendre: "We will have you in the end!" Marlene Dietrich is the center of romantic gravity in this story; she sadly, sweetly tells Bowie the raison d'etre of forlorn women dancing with gigolos in the ballrooms -- the only way to assuage loss and stave off despair. Then she performs the song "Just a Gigolo", bringing out all the heartbreak from its depths. The end of the film is dark and truly chilling. Go see it if you can!


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