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Solo for Clarinet (1998)

Solo für Klarinette (original title)
Berlin, Germany. A cruel murder took place in an appartment building. Somebody bit off quite a piece of the victim's penis, who then, of course, lost a lot of blood, before being struck ... See full summary »


Nico Hofmann


Elsa Lewin (novel), Susanne Schneider


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Götz George ... Bernhard 'Bernie' Kominka
Corinna Harfouch ... Anna Weller
Tim Bergmann ... Freddie Bahlo
Barbara Auer ... Lydia Kominka
Barbara Rudnik ... Johanna Steinmann
Christian Redl ... Thomas Hecht
Nikolaus Paryla Nikolaus Paryla ... Frieder Haug
Tobias Schenke Tobias Schenke ... Theo Kominka
Katharina Thalbach ... Louise Bethmann
Rita Russek Rita Russek
Joachim Dietmar Mues Joachim Dietmar Mues ... Georg Steinmann (as Dietmar Mues)
Saskia Vester ... Coco
Heinrich Schafmeister ... Pathologe
Daniela Ziegler Daniela Ziegler ... Dörthe
Mimi Fiedler Mimi Fiedler ... Jolantha (as Miranda Toma)


Berlin, Germany. A cruel murder took place in an appartment building. Somebody bit off quite a piece of the victim's penis, who then, of course, lost a lot of blood, before being struck down at the head. Leading investigator Bernhard Kominka, being in stress due to a mentally retarded son and a problematic wife, seems to be the only one to see a lady in a red coat. After a while, his theory of her being the murderer may prove to be true, but the Cop also kind of fell in love with this new, interesting person in both of his lives: professional and private as well. Borders dissolve. His decision may be disastrous in any way. Written by Julian Reischl <julianreischl@mac.com>

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In der Liebe muß man vertrauen.


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Release Date:

15 October 1998 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Solo for Clarinet See more »

Filming Locations:

Berlin, Germany See more »


Box Office


DEM 6,800,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby SR



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Bernhard 'Bernie' Kominka: [shouts] The clarinet is the murder weapon.
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dark and well-acted
14 June 2000 | by Miles-10See all my reviews

Although my German is sub-standard, I enjoyed this story of an angst-ridden cop. (I understood the significance of the clarinet, but I missed what became of it. Was the evidence lost? If so, did Kominka really want it to be found or did he have mixed feelings about it?) The acting is obviously good, thus making the romance between the detective and his suspect compellingly edgy. There is a wonderful scene in which Kominka (Gotz George) follows his suspect (Corinna Harfouch) to a singles event and finally meets her. Inevitably, she asks him what he does for a living. Because he cannot tell her that he is a homicide investigator, he becomes delightfully evasive. Kominka is distinctly not a kind man. (We see him hire and then beat up a prostitute.) But George brilliantly inhabits this character who is plagued by a failed marriage and assorted demons, and yet is able to fall in love, albeit with a forbidden object. The movie is also graced by dark images of Berlin which are nonetheless appealing to those who have enjoyed that city.

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