The successful fashion designer Petra von Kant (Margit Carstensen) lives in an opulently furnished loft with her assistant and servant Marlene (Irm Hermann) who executes all her orders without a word and who endures all her moods. Petra – with a daughter (Eva Mattes) from her first marriage and divorced from her second husband – falls in love with Karin (Hanna Schygulla), ten years her junior, whom she wants all to herself. While Karin exploits the affluent Petra, she also insists on her own independence. When Karin’s husband arrives unexpectedly from Australia, she returns to him. Petra is desperate. Bit by bit she begins to understand: “I have never loved Karin, I only wanted to own her.” Petra then offers Marlene – heretofore treated like an object – collaboration, liberty, fun. But Marlene packs her suitcase and leaves without a word. —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
Beautiful. I'm pretty sure Miuccia Prada was thinking of Fassbinder when she designed many of her collections.
The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant (1972)
DIR Rainer Werner Fassbinder
SCR Reiner Werner Fassbinder
To call Bitter Tears anything less than brilliant, would be cinematic… read review