Starring: Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Eddie Constantine, Hanna Schygulla, Karl Scheydt, Lou Castel, Ulli Lommel
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 1971, 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. "Love is Colder than Death": For his debut, Fassbinder fashioned an acerbic, unorthodox crime drama about a love triangle involving the small-time pimp Franz, his gangster friend Bruno, and Franz's prostitute girlfriend, Joanna. With its minimalist tableaux and catalog of New Wave and Hollywood references, this is a stylishly nihilistic cinematic statement of intent. "Katzelmacher": Fassbinder's second film dramatizes the intolerance of a circle of financially and sexually frustrated friends when an immigrant laborer moves to their Munich neighborhood. This scalpel-sharp, theatrical experiment 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": Harry Baer, a Fassbinder discovery, plays a newly released ex-convict who slowly but surely makes his way back into the Munich criminal underworld. Meanwhile, his attentions are torn between two women and the beloved friend who shot his brother. "The American Soldier": The German-born Ricky returns to Munich from Vietnam and is promptly hired as a contract killer. Fassbinder's experimental noir is a subversive, self-reflexive gangster movie full of unexpected asides and stylistic flourishes, and featuring an audaciously bonkers final shot and memorable turns from many of the director's rotating gallery of players. "Beware of a Holy Whore": In 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, an abusive director, and a financially troubled production.
German Language Films with English Subtitles, "Beware of a Holy Whore" is Presented in Color, All Other Films are Presented in Black & White.
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|Studio Name:||Image Entertainment|
|DVD Release Date:||08/27/2013|
|Screen Format:||Full Frame|
|Run Time (in minutes):||453 minutes|
|Audio Tracks:||PCM Mono|
|Shipping Weight (in pounds):||0.91|
|Product in Inches (L x W x H):||5.5 x 0.5 x 7.44|
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