Steppenwolf

Synopsis: In the bourgeois circles of Europe after the Great War, can anything save the modern man? Harry Haller, a solitary intellectual, has all his life feared his dual nature of being human and being a beast. He's decided to die on his 50th birthday, which is soon. He's rescued from his solipsism by the mysterious Hermine, who takes him dancing, introduces him to jazz and to the beautiful and whimsical Maria, and guides him into the hallucinations of the Magic Theater, which seem to take him into Hell. Can humor, sin, and derision lead to salvation?
Genre: Drama
Director(s): Fred Haines
Production: Independent Film Distributors
 
IMDB:
6.3
R
Year:
1974
107 min
13 Views

For madmen only!...

The day had gone by just as days go by

I had killed it in accordance with my

primitive and retiring way of life

I had worked for an hour or two and

perused the pages of old books.

I had taken a powder and been very

glad when the pain has disappeared

I had done my breathing exercises, but found it

convenient today to omit the thought exercises

but, taken all in all, it had not

been exactly a day of rapture.

Perhaps it would be just right to follow

the example of Adalbert Stifters...

having an accident while shaving

shouldn't be considered a bad idea.

There is much to be said for

contentment and painlessness,

for these bearable and submissive days on which neither pain nor pleasure cry out.

But the worst of it is the contentment which I cannot endure.

Thankfully you assure yourself as you read your morning

paper that another day has come and no war broken out,

no new dictatorship has been set up, no particularly disgusting

scandal been unveiled in the worlds of politics or finance.

There is in me the savage impulse

of destroying their gods,

of seducing young girls in their

tender age towards prostitution.

After a short time it fills me with irrepressible hatred and nausea. In

desperation I have to escape and throw myself on the road to pleasure...

or, if that cannot be, on the road to pain.

I feel so bad in my childish soul that I smash my moldering lyre

of thanksgiving in the face of the slumbering god of contentment.

A wild longing for strong emotions and sensations seethes in me,

a rage against this toneless, flat, normal and sterile life.

I have a mad impulse to smash something, a warehouse,

perhaps, or a cathedral, or myself, to commit outrages...

to pull off the wigs of a few revered idols or to stand one or

two representatives of the established order on their heads.

For what I always hated and detested and cursed above all things was this contentment,

this healthiness and comfort, (MAGIC THEATRE - ENTRANCE NOT FOR EVERYBODY)

this carefully preserved optimism of the middle

classes, this fat and prosperous brood of mediocrity.

FOR MADMEN ONLY:

Mr. Haller!

Hey...

are you alright?

I feel kind of tired,

sorry if I scared you.

I was in a kind of trance...

I was in a state of...

...dreaming.

Is everything alright?

Shall I help you upstairs?

No, it is not necessary.

You could seat beside me.

If you have the time.

Thank you very much but

I'm not used to that...

sitting here, watching

other people passing by.

Yes sir, you are right.

Wait a second I want to

explain the motives...

why I have to stay sitting here.

I adore this spot where

everything is meticulously tidy

here everything shines...

immaculately clean as your Aunt likes it.

A nose has to inhale everything because

some smell emerges from all things.

Peace and tranquility...

born out of order and firm sense of

compromise to little habits and obligations.

Please, don't you think

I say it with irony!

My mother used to be just

as careful and clean...

Are you ill?

Non sense

I'm just an aloof grey old wolf.

Long staircases are difficult to climb,

tall houses make me crawl.

Sometimes I suffer of pains

just like old people do...

Old people always exaggerate a little.

...but you are not older than fifty.

Yes, you are right.

Feeling pity of myself is not good, but

I'm not going to feel this way for long.

Stop. Just a second, what

is written in that sign?

What thing is this? When

is this going to happen?

This is not for everybody.

Meeting for a anarchic night!

Magic Theatre!

What do you have in your box?

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Hermann Hesse

Hermann Karl Hesse (German: [ˈhɛɐ̯man ˈhɛsə]; 2 July 1877 – 9 August 1962) was a German-born poet, novelist, and painter. His best-known works include Demian, Steppenwolf, Siddhartha, and The Glass Bead Game, each of which explores an individual's search for authenticity, self-knowledge and spirituality. In 1946, he received the Nobel Prize in Literature. more…

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