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Satan's Brew Details


This fast-paced black comedy by wunderkind director Rainer Werner Fassbinder follows the frantic efforts of a starving and confused writer, Walter Kranz (Kurt Raab) to beg, borrow or steal enough money to survive on, and at the same time make some sense of his confusing life. Unable to write enough to keep his publisher's royalty advances coming, he seeks out a woman he imagines is a prostitute and interviews her for material. He is also inspired to utter some poetry, which his brassy, outspoken wife identifies as coming from the famous homosexuality-advocating mystical German poet, Stefan George. This inspires Walter to take a closer look at the "gay scene," and he quickly becomes a sort of celebrity there. ~ Clarke Fountain, Rovi

  • Release date:October 7, 1976


Kurt Raab
as Walter Kranz
Helen Vita
as Luise Kranz
Margit Carstensen
as Andrea
Volker Spengler
as Ernst Kranz
Ingrid Caven
as Lisa
Marquard Bohm
as Rolf
Ulli Lommel
as Lauf
Peter Chatel
as Eugen
Adrian Hoven
Armin Meier
as Young Man
Dieter Schidor
Hannes Gromball
Peter Chatel
as Eugen
Armin Meier
as Young Man


Rainer Werner Fassbinder
Michael Fengler
Rainer Werner Fassbinder
Jürgen Jürges
Michael Ballhaus
Peer Raben
Composer (Music Score)
Kurt Raab
Set Designer