The film follows Baal, a young, ingenious, and unstable poet-balladeer with a scandalous zest for life, love, and liquor, through multiple sexual encounters and cruel, shocking personal adventures that end with his premature death.
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FNC '14 Originally made for German television in 1969 this early work from Schlondorff has been rescued and is much more than just a curiosity piece. Fassbinder plays Baal; poet, misogynist, drunk, man of the people, womanizer. He plays an unredeemable character whose charisma and magnetism draw both men and women to him often with disastrous results. A fascinating showpiece for the 'new German cinema' of the time.
Qui a eu la chance de lire ou de voir la sublime (première) pièce écrite par Bertolt Brecht ne peut que ressortir amèrement déçu de la projection de cette œuvre cacophonique, brouillonne et atone qui dénature profondément la subtile violence et la troublante sensualité présentes en permanence dans le continuum du texte original.
''there are still plenty of trees, shady and open to all, to hang yrself from up above ...or take a long rest down below'' /// ''ainda há muitas árvores frondosas e abertas a todos...para podermos nos enforcar...ou deitar à sua sombra'' /// ''Il y a beaucoup d'arbres pour se pendre en haut ou pour dormir en bas'' (8)
simultaneously beautiful and disgusting, inspiring and annoying.
i was a bit irritated by the huge amount of text in this film, you get so tired trying to follow everything. and you want to follow because both the images and the poetry are interesting.