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The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant (Fassbinder, 1972)

I know I write about blocking a lot but…this is possibly the best-blocked film I’ve ever seen. One room, six total characters, Fassbinder at the top of his game and getting ready to go on a run of masterpieces. He … Continue reading

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Pioneers in Ingolstadt (Fassbinder, 1971)

2017 is turning into the year of Fassbinder for me. This pretty early, made-for-TV entry is not yet the Fassbinder of the mid-70s, but it’s got some trademarks. It’s one of the funnier films of the director that I can … Continue reading

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Fear of Fear (Fassbinder, 1975)

What’s the best film to feature Leonard Cohen on the soundtrack? I always thought McCabe and Mrs. Miller. Hard to argue with Fata Morgana. But maybe it’s Fear of Fear, which is also now one of my favorite Fassbinder films. The film reminds … Continue reading

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Why Does Herr K. Run Amok? (Fassbinder, 1970)

Influencing the likes of Ackerman’s Jeanne Dielman, 23 Commerce Quay, 1080 Brussels, to lots of Haneke, to the recent The Tribe, to a whole mess more, Why Does Herr K. Run Amok? is an early Fassbinder that promises the greatness to come. Kurt Raab … Continue reading

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The Second Awakening of Christa Klages (von Trotta, 1978)

Margarethe von Trotta’s first solo directing effort – after co-directing the great The Lost Honour of Katharina Blum with Volker Schlondorff – is an immaculately acted, compelling debut. Though on the surface this might feel like an RAF film (made in … Continue reading

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Berlin Film & TV Museum

Quick on-the-move travel post here. The Berlin Museum of Film & Television is a worthy stop in Germany. The opening room of Weimar and Expressionist film hits all the big ones – Caligari, M, Metropolis, and The Last Laugh were … Continue reading

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In a Year With 13 Moons (Fassbinder, 1978)

In a Year With 13 Moons isn’t my favorite Fassbinder (I suppose that would be, somewhat stereotypically, Ali: Fear Eats the Soul), but it’s clearly a personal project for the director who would die four years later…yet somehow still had … Continue reading

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