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::1978 - Schöner Gigolo, armer Gigolo / Just a Gigolo



Germany 1978
A Leguan Film
color

Synopsis:
A Prussian officer (David Bowie) returns home to Berlin following the end of the Great War. Unable to find employment elsewhere, he works as a gigolo in a brothel run by the Baroness (Marlene Dietrich). He is eventually killed in street fighting between Nazis and Communists. Both sides claim his body but the Nazis succeed in capturing it and bury him with honours, "a hero to a cause he did not support".

Cast:
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)
Friedhelm Lehmann (Major Alexander von Müller)
Karin Hardt (Frau Uexkull)
Rainer Hunold (Lothar)
Christiane Maybach (Gilda)
Martin Hirthe (Director)
Reinhard Kolldehoff (Max, Cillys Agent)
Gudrun Genest (Frau Von Putzdorf)
Bela Ernyey (Von Lipzig)
Ursula Heyer (Greta)
Lotti Huber (Frau Aeckerles Freundin)
Y Sa Lo (Carolin)
Günter Meisner (Betrunkener arbeiter)
Peter Schlesinger (First man in bath)
Wieland Speck (Man)

Crew:
David Hemmings (director)
Julius Brammer (writer)
Irving Caesar (writer)
Ennio De Concini (writer)
Joshua Sinclair (writer)
Joshua Sinclair (co-executive producer)
Rolf Thiele (producer)
Günther Fischer (original music)
Charly Steinberger (cinematography)
Siegrun Jäger (film editor)
Alfred Srp (film editor)
Peter Rothe (production design)
Mago (costume design)
Ingrid Zoré (costume design)
Karin Bauer-Hurst (makeup artist)
Antony Clavet (makeup artist)
Alfred Rasche (makeup artist)
Ingrid Thier (makeup artist)
Axel Bär (unit manager)
Lutz Winter (production manager)
Eva-Maria Schönecker (assistant director)
Wolfgang Kallnischkies (props)
Mario Stock (props)
Gunther Kortwich (sound)
Doug E. Turner (sound re-recording mixer)
Erwin Lange (special effects)
Rudolf Hartl (gaffer)
Gernot Köhler (assistant camera)
Rolf van der Heydt (still photographer)
Brigitte Friedländer-Rodriguez (wardrobe)
John Altman (music arranger: songs)
Frank Barber (music arranger: songs)
Irving Caesar (composer: song "Just A Gigolo")
Leonello Casucci (composer: song "Just A Gigolo")
Jack Fishman (music arranger: songs)
Jack Fishman (music supervisor)
Charlotte Laeuffer-Roll (production accountant)
Herbert F. Schubert (choreographer)
Ingrid Windisch (production assistant)
based on a story by Ted Rose

Songs:
«Revolutionary Song» by David Bowie and Jack Fishman (sung by Sydney Rome)
«Johnny» by Frederick Hollander and Jack Fishman
«I Kiss Your Hand, Madame» by Ralph Erwin, Fritz Rotter, Sam Lewis and Joe Young
«Jealous Eyes» by Mihaly Erdeli and Jack Fishman (played by The Manhattan Transfer)
«Salome» by Robert Stolz and Arthur Redner
«Charmaine» by Erno Rappé and Lew Pollack
«Black Bottom» by Ray Henderson, Buddy De Sylva and Nacio Herb Brown (played by The Pasadena Roof Orchestra)
«Ragtime Dance» by Scott Joplin and A.S. Masters (arranged by Jack Fishman)
«Easy Winners» by Scott Joplin (arranged by Jack Fishman, both played by The Ragtimers)
«Just a Gigolo» by Leonello Casucci and Irving Caesar (sung by Marlene Dietrich)
«Don’t Let It Be Too Long» by Günther Fischer and David Hemmings (sung by Sydne Rome)

Length:
90 Minutes

Production:
5 December 1977 - March 1978, Berlin-Spandau and Paris

Premiere:
16 November 1978, Cinema Paris, Berlin