Category Archives: 1970s style

Chinese Roulette (1976)

I recently announced I had wrapped up 1976. Not true! I forgot about Chinese Roulette! Apologies to anyone actually following this thing who might have rejoiced at another year’s worth of Fassbinder out of the way, but we’ve got one … Continue reading

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Fear of Fear (1975)

It’s impossible to watch Angst vor der Angst (the German title is just so much better, don’t you think? Just say it out loud!) without thinking of Martha. Both films feature Margit Carstensen as a high-strung housewife crushed by marriage. … Continue reading

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Fox and His Friends (1975)

Fassbinder acted in several of his own films, but almost never included his name in the credits and rarely cast himself in the lead role. Love Is Colder Than Death: no acting credit. Katzelmacher: no acting credit. The American Soldier, … Continue reading

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Martha (1974)

I’ve always assumed that Fear Eats the Soul marks the pinnacle of RWF’s obsession with Douglas Sirk. (I believe I said as much in my last post.) But that’s only because I hadn’t seen Martha. Now that I’ve seen Martha … Continue reading

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World on a Wire (1973)

It’s funny: the two RWF movies I’ve dreaded watching the most, The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant and World on a Wire, turn out to be my favorites so far. But if I dreaded the first movie, it’s largely … Continue reading

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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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Beware of a Holy Whore (1971)

I have very little to say about Beware of a Holy Whore. Maybe if I watched it again I’d have better insight (if not a better opinion), but having already spent $34 at Le Video on rental/late fees, it just … Continue reading

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