Despair was shown at the 64th International Film Festival in Cannes – where Fassbinder’s version of the Nabokov novel received its first screening in 1978.

Recently restored under the supervision of the cinematographer Michael Ballhaus, the new print of Despair was included in the Cannes Classics section of the Festival. It is also expected to be part of the forthcoming season of Dirk’s films at BFI Southbank, and will shortly be available as a DVD.

Although he was unhappy with the director’s cut, Dirk took lasting pride in his performance as Hermann Hermann, the deeply troubled owner of a chocolate factory.

As announced recently, to coincide with the Dirk Bogarde film season BFI Publishing will release BFI Film Classics on Victim (1961) by John Coldstream and The Servant (1963) by Amy Sargeant.

Both books are available for pre-order.

To order Victim click here

To order The Servant click here
Despair was released on the 7th June through Olive Films.

It is available here

Also a remastered version of Libel was released by Warner Bros recently.

It is available through Amazon here

And finally Song Without End has also been released by Sony/Columbia Classics, however it is only available through Amazon in the US.

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Monday 28th March was the 90th anniversary of Dirk’s birth.

Click here for further information.

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