Early Fassbinder - Eclipse Series 39 (DVD - SONE 1)

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From the very beginning of his incandescent career, the New German Cinema enfant terrible Rainer Werner Fassbinder refused to play by the rules. His politically charged, experimental first films, made at an astonishingly rapid rate between 1969 and 1970, were influenced by the work of the Antiteater, an avant-garde stage troupe that he had helped found in Munich. Collected here are five of those fascinating and confrontational works. Whether a self- conscious meditation on American crime movies, a scathing indictment of xenophobia in contemporary Germany, or an off-the-wall look at the dysfunctional relationships on film sets, each is a startling glimpse into the mind of a twentysomething man who was to become one of cinema’s most madly prolific artists.

Love Is Colder Than Death (Liebe ist kälter als der Tod) - 1969
For his feature debut, Rainer Werner Fassbinder fashioned an acerbic, unorthodox crime drama about a love triangle involving the small-time pimp Franz (Fassbinder), his prostitute girlfriend, Joanna (future Fassbinder mainstay Hanna Schygulla), and his gangster friend Bruno (Ulli Lommel). With its minimalist tableaux and catalog of New Wave and Hollywood references, this is a stylishly nihilistic cinematic statement of intent.

Katzelmacher - 1969
Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s second feature depicts the intolerance of a circle of financially and sexually frustrated friends when an immigrant laborer (Fassbinder) moves to their Munich neighborhood. This scalpel-sharp theatrical experiment, based on one of the director’s successful early stage plays, is both a personal expression of alienation on the part of the filmmaker and a comment on the persistence of xenophobic scapegoating in German society.

Gods of the Plague (Götter der Pest) - 1970
Harry Baer plays a newly released ex-convict who slowly but surely finds his way back into the Munich criminal underworld. Meanwhile, his attentions are torn between two women (Hanna Schygulla and Margarethe von Trotta) and the friend (Günther Kaufmann) who shot his brother. This sensual, artfully composed film by Rainer Werner Fassbinder is a study of romantic and professional futility.

The American Soldier (Der amerikanische Soldat) - 1970
The German-born American GI Ricky (Karl Scheydt) returns to Munich from Vietnam and is promptly hired as a contract killer. Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s experimental noir is a subversive, self-reflexive gangster movie full of unexpected asides and stylistic flourishes, and features an audaciously bonkers final shot and memorable turns from many of the director’s rotating gallery of players.

Beware of a Holy Whore (Warnung vor einer heiligen Nutte) - 1971
In Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s brazen depiction of the alternating currents of lethargy and mayhem inherent in moviemaking, a film crew—played by, and not so loosely based on, his own frequent collaborators—deals with an aloof star (Eddie Constantine), an abusive director (Lou Castel), and a financially troubled production. Inspired by the hellish process of making Whity earlier the same year, this is a vicious look at behind-the-scenes dysfunction.

Produktfakta

Produksjonsår 1969 Format DVD
Sone Sone 1 Sjanger Drama
Antall disker 5 Spilletid 7 timer 34 minutter
Aldersgrense 15 Undertekster Engelsk
Lydformater Mono 1.0 (Tysk) Bildeformater Fullscreen 4:3, Widescreen 1.78:1 Anamorphic
Regissør Rainer Werner Fassbinder Skuespillere Eddie Constantine, Elga Sorbas, Hanna Schygulla, Harry Baer, Karl Scheydt, Lilith Ungerer, Lou Castel, Margarethe Von Trotta
Bestillingsnummer CRRN176DVD Serie Eclipse Series
Leverandør Import

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