The friends Michel (Michael König) and Günther (Günther Kaufmann) own a treasure map of Peru. Despite the resistance of Hanna (Hanna Schygulla), who wants to marry Michel, the friends plan a trip to Peru. Their attempts to find the money they need fail until they meet a patron who is fascinated by their planned treasure hunt and advances them the money. —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
This made-for-TV film based on an idea by fellow German director Volker Schlondorff has to be Fassbinder's lightest work. The story of two friends trying to raise money for a trip to Peru in search of treasure is slight but enjoyable. The divine Hanna Schygulla stands out as the girlfriend of one of the two and has a lovely scene in a bar dancing with Herr Fassbinder himself in a cameo appearance. I liked it a lot...
Fassbinder's "buddy" film? The key may be in the line of dialogue stating that women's repression is present in their behavior, but if Hanna's exclusion from the homoerotic male dyad is the core of the film, it remains unrealized until the final minutes. Light variations of motifs from the Franz Walsh trilogy. The dance between Hanna and Rainer is memorable, moving that it's Schygulla's favorite memory of him.