Egon Schiele: Exzesse

Egon Schiele: A Story of Excess

Cinematic impressions from the life of the Austrian drawer and painter, Egon Schiele (1890-1918): Based on biographical data (his long-term relationship with the model, "Wally", his persecution and arrest as a "child molester" and "distributor of immoral drawings", the marriage with Edith Harms of middle-class origin), this film collage consists of external happenings and inner monologues which are based on the artist's diary. Above all, we are shown his disturbed relationship to eroticism and sexuality. This became not only the creative impetus but also the basis of his (posthumous) world fame and commercial success. A "free picture fantasy" about the existential "hell" and "paradise" in the life of Egon Schiele.
Technical Data
Running time: 95
Format: 35 mm
Screen ratio: 1:1.66
Language spoken: German
Production year: 1980
Writer(s): Herbert Vesely, Leo Tichat
Cinematography: Rudolf Blahacek
Key cast: Matthieu Carriére, Jane Birkin, Kristina van Eyck, Christine Kaufmann, Nina Fallenstein, Guido Wieland, Marcel Ophuls
Producer: Herbert Vesely