Monthly Archives: July 2012

The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant (1972)

As you might expect, there are a couple of RWF movies I’ve been really dreading, some because they’re really slow and static, others because they’re just emotionally brutal and depressing. The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant has been at … Continue reading

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The Merchant of Four Seasons (1971)

I’ve been picturing some kind of Venn diagram to categorize Fassbinder movies. The Merchant of Four Seasons, for example, would fall within at least two circles (probably more than that, but two’s a good place to start): stories of Men … Continue reading

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RIP Gunther Kaufmann (1947–2012)

A few weeks after I watched Whity this spring, Gunther Kaufmann died suddenly of a heart attack in Berlin. He was 64. May he rest in peace. This is not earth-shaking news, of course. Many of Fassbinder’s collaborators are long … Continue reading

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The Niklashausen Journey, Rio das Mortes, and Pioneers in Ingolstadt (TV Movies 1970-71)

As mentioned in a previous post, it turns out that three of RWF’s movies made for German TV in 1970-71 are now available on DVD, thanks to the Fassbinder Foundation. So back to 1970 we go—so much for chronological order … Continue reading

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