Marie belongs to Erich. Paul sleeps with Helga. Elisabeth keeps Peter. Rosy does it with Franz for money. They meet in the courtyard, at the pub, on the playground, in their apartments. They get together one-on-one, in pairs or as the entire group, and they exchange their views, they are aggressive, get sick of one another, drink, get bored … That Helga, who belongs to Paul, gets involved with his friend Erich, that Peter is sick of being kept by Elisabeth and that he takes his frustration out on Rosy, a girl of easy virtue, that Paul sometimes sleeps with the handsome Hannes, that Gunda is being made fun of because she gets no guy – none of this can change the isolation of their petty bourgeois, suburban turf. Part of this scenario is the fact that everything has its “rightness.” It is not until Jorgos, “the Greek from Greece” steps into their world that xenophobia, envy of his sexual prowess, and aggression break loose. In short: the fascist syndrome is triggered, the men get merry, gang up against him and beat him. “There must be order.” —Rainer Werner Fassbinder Foundation
Rainer Werner Fassbinder (May 31, 1945 – June 10, 1982) was born into a cultured bourgeois family in the small Bavarian spa town Bad Wörishofen. Raised by his mother as an only child, the boy had only sporadic contact with his father, a doctor, after the divorce of his parents when he was five. Educated at a Rudolf Steiner elementary school and subsequently in Munich and Augsburg, the city of Bert Brecht, he left school before passing any final examinations. A cinema addict (“five times a week, often three films a day”) from a very early age, not least because his mother needed peace and quiet for her work as a translator, “the cinema was the family life I never had at home.”
Fassbinder made his first short films at the age of twenty, persuading a male lover to finance them in exchange for leading roles. He also applied for a place at the Berlin Film School (dffb), but was refused. He acted in both his early films: DER STADTSTREICHER (The City Tramp), which also featured Irm… read more
Not particularly entertaining (though there are brilliant moments of dry comedy) but I couldn't help from keep watching it. There's just something hypnotic about nasty borad Germans! This is a deeply sad movie that showcases the brutality of the human spirit. I admire this movie than actually love it. Watch this with caution.
Fassbinder's visually stark second feature film was adapted from his own play and is the story of a group of bored young people who spend time hanging around their apartment block exchanging banalities. The appearance of a Greek worker into this setting eventually leads to confrontation and violence. Shot in less than a fortnight on a tiny budget, Fassbinder's film won awards which helped to finance future projects..