Liebestraum (film)

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Theatrical release poster
Directed by Mike Figgis
Produced by Eric Fellner
Written by Mike Figgis
Starring Kevin Anderson
Pamela Gidley
Bill Pullman
Kim Novak
Zach Grenier
Music by Mike Figgis
Cinematography Juan Ruiz Anchía
Edited by Martin Hunter
Initial Entertainment Group
Pathé Entertainment
Distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Release dates
  • September 13, 1991 (1991-09-13)
Running time 112 min.
Country United States
Language English
Box office $133,645 (Domestic)[1]

Liebestraum (German for "Dream of love") is a 1991 American mystery film written and directed by Mike Figgis and starring Kevin Anderson, Pamela Gidley, Bill Pullman, Zach Grenier, Alicia Witt and Taina Elg, with Kim Novak in her last film role.[citation needed]


The story follows two affairs, a generation apart. Nick (Kevin Anderson), a professor of architecture in upstate New York, comes to an Illinois town to be with his birth mother (Kim Novak) in the final days of her illness; he was adopted and has never met her before. On the first day, he runs into Paul (Bill Pullman), a college friend, whose construction company is demolishing an old, downtown department store where a murder-suicide happened 30 years before. The building is a beautiful cast-iron construction, so Nick wants to study it before the demolition. Paul introduces Nick to his wife, Jane (Pamela Gidley), a photographer who wants to portray the same building. Over the next four days, Nick and Jane's attraction grows, as Nick explores the old building, attends his mother's bedside, and unravels the truth that links both of them with the developing events in his and Jane's life.


  • Kevin Anderson ... Nick Kaminsky
  • Pamela Gidley ... Jane Kessler
  • Bill Pullman ... Paul Kessler
  • Kim Novak ... Lillian Anderssen Munnsen
  • Graham Beckel ... Sheriff Pete Ricker
  • Zach Grenier ... Barnard Ralston IV
  • Thomas Kopache ... Dr. Parker
  • Anne Lange ... Nurse #1
  • Jack Wallace ... Mike
  • Max Perlich ... Orderly #1
  • Catherine Hicks ... Mary Parker
  • Roger Howarth ... Boy in Rain
  • Ian Rob Witt ... Boy in Dream
  • Alicia Witt ... Girl in Dream (as Alicia Roanne Witt)
  • Anne Lange ... Nurse #1
  • Jack Wallace ... Mike
  • Max Perlich ... Orderly #1
  • Catherine Hicks ... Mary Parker
  • Taina Elg ... Old Mother Ralston
  • Tom McDermott ... Night Porter
  • Joseph McKenna ... Day Clerk
  • Hugh Hurd ... Orderly #2
  • Joe Aufiery ... Buddy
  • Harper Harris ... Nurse #2
  • Karen Sillas ... Nurse #3
  • Tracy Thorne ... Nurse #4
  • Bill Raymond ... Matt
  • Nola Mae Sanders ... Maria
  • Lorie Blanding ... Barmaid
  • Sarah Fearon ... Young Lillian Munnsen
  • Bernie Sheredy ... Barnett Ralston III


The title is taken from Franz Liszt's famous composition, Liebesträume.

Much of the movie, especially its external shots, was filmed in Binghamton, New York. The plot centers on a building with a cast iron frame, and Binghamton's downtown area includes one of the few cast-iron buildings still standing.

Release and distribution[edit]

When Liebestraum made its VHS debut, it was released in two editions — the R-rated theatrical version and an unrated director's cut. The DVD release, part of MGM's Avant-Garde Cinema series, features only the R-rated version. However, the deleted scene that marks the single difference between the two edits is included as a bonus feature on the disc.[2]

The film is rated R13 in New Zealand because of its sexual content.


  1. ^ "Liebestraum". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 2014-01-28. 
  2. ^ Reel DVD Review at the Wayback Machine (archived March 22, 2004), comments by Pam Grady.

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