I rewatched Veronika Voss tonight for the first time in over 30 years (wow I feel old writing that), and it's pretty stunning. This has to be his best looking film. The cast is perfect, with Hilmar Thate a particular standout as the "defenseless man" whom Veronika seduces. It also rings painfully true for the trajectory a doomed addict can trace. Xaver Schwarzenberger's cinematography is luminous, and so much of this period piece is wholly convincing because of it. Everything works, from performances to photography to script to direction. A new favorite.