fassbinder - s/d

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been interested in seeing some of his movies for awhile now. what are the ones that should go straight to the top of my netflix queue?

joseph (joseph), Thursday, 26 February 2004 06:28 (sixteen years ago) link

fox and his friends
ali: fear eats the soul
marriage of maria braun
the american soldier
querelle (read genet's novel first)

these are my favorites

jay blanchard (jay blanchard), Thursday, 26 February 2004 13:17 (sixteen years ago) link

oh yeah, "germany, year zero" is incredible as well.

jay blanchard (jay blanchard), Thursday, 26 February 2004 14:51 (sixteen years ago) link

Ali: Fear Eats the Soul is an EXCELLENT place to start, and the recent Criterion DVD is astounding. (I'm assuming you know this is a tribute to Sirk's All That Heaven Allows, which was also remade as Far From Heaven.)

The Merchant of Four Seasons has always been one of my favorites as well. True despair.

Another excellent film (sadly unavailable on DVD) is I Only Want You to Love Me, which was a TV film he did.

If you want to see a very strange one, rent Whity. Bizarre.

BabyBuddha (BabyBuddha), Thursday, 26 February 2004 16:25 (sixteen years ago) link

A Brief Tour of Chronological Essentials

Katzelmacher (1969)
The American Soldier (1970)
The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant (1972)
The Merchant of Four Seasons (1972)
Ali: Fear Eats the Soul (1974)
Effi Briest (1974)
Martha (1974)
Fox and His Friends (1975)
Chinese Roulette (1976)
In a Year with Thirteen Moons (1978)
The Marriage of Maria Braun (1979)
Berlin-Alexanderplatz (1980)
Lola (1981)
Querelle (1982)
Veronika Voss (1982)

Girolamo Savonarola, Thursday, 26 February 2004 19:29 (sixteen years ago) link

Oh...if only Berlin Alexanderplatz was on DVD....sniff...sniff.

BabyBuddha (BabyBuddha), Thursday, 26 February 2004 19:43 (sixteen years ago) link

None of what I've seen from this man is a destroy. He seems remarkable and essential no matter what he does. Even the ones that seemed off when I first saw them (Fox; Lola) marinated well.

Eric H. (Eric H.), Friday, 27 February 2004 04:09 (sixteen years ago) link

Germany Zear Zero is, strictly, by Rossellini...

'The Third Generation', 'Merchant of Four Seasons', and 'Lola' would be my three at this point in time. I really want to see 'Mutter Kuster's Trip to Heaven' or whatever it's called. And Criterion's BRD DVD set looks fanstastic.

ENRQ (Enrique), Friday, 27 February 2004 16:38 (sixteen years ago) link

Then what film am I thinking of? I think it was a short by Fassbinder in which he and his mother discuss the holocaust. Fassbinder's "character" is doing drugs throughout.

I remember seeing this film in one of my undergrad classes, if i wasn't just dreaming it.

jay blanchard (jay blanchard), Friday, 27 February 2004 17:10 (sixteen years ago) link

I'm afraid Fassbinder is one of those directors I'm embarassed to admit I find rather dull. But I've only seen Ali and Maria Braun, and I kinda find Sirk a bit monotonous too.

Somebody persuade my barbarian self otherwise.

Chuck Tatum (Chuck Tatum), Friday, 27 February 2004 18:40 (sixteen years ago) link

chuck--fassbinder's definitely an acquired taste, and the pacing of his films has kind of makes you feel like you're on morphine when you're watching them (hey, there was a good chance fassbinder was on morphine when he was making them!)

but he really has a style all of his own, and there is some really subtle genius at work in his films. you start to really see his true cinematic vision after four or five films.

he's never been one of my favorite filmmakers, but i enjoy his work.

jay blanchard (jay blanchard), Friday, 27 February 2004 19:31 (sixteen years ago) link

[Then what film am I thinking of? I think it was a short by Fassbinder in which he and his mother discuss the holocaust. Fassbinder's "character" is doing drugs throughout.]

The film was called "Germany in Autumn." It was a compilation of shorts by German directors made in response to the Baader-Meinhof incident.

Dr Benway (dr benway), Friday, 12 March 2004 07:13 (sixteen years ago) link

Thank you!

jay blanchard (jay blanchard), Friday, 12 March 2004 14:20 (sixteen years ago) link

I have only seen "Bitter Tears..." and I liked it a lot. Really intersting to watch the shifting dynamics of the relationships, as Petra goes from dominant to dominated, and tries to go back at the very end. I was worried that a film shot entirely in one apartment would become trying but it never did.

Aaron Grossman (aajjgg), Tuesday, 16 March 2004 05:35 (sixteen years ago) link

sixteen years pass...

watched Baal... what an absolute delight just watching young magnetic Rainer strut around for 90 minutes.

brimstead, Saturday, 1 August 2020 17:34 (one week ago) link


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