Germany’s Fabian, a romantic drama set in 1931 Berlin, weighs the price of sin.

NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE B erlin in 1931 was a cornucopia of the dismal and the depraved: freaks, addicts, sex maniacs, hideously wounded veterans, and open-mic performers. Things could not hold. A narrator of the outstanding new German film Fabian, or Going to the Dogs dryly notes, “The barometer forecast changing conditions.” One character insists that “you only get out of the dirt by being dirty.” A professor declares, to the contrary, that “we need a new order” to erase the “postwar chaos.” Madness and fascism are in the air. “The wrong people died,” we are told, “and the wrong people lived.”

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