Frankfurt 1978. In an attempt to escape from her own past, Elvira Weishaupt (Volker Spengler) looks for refuge within a circle of people familiar to her. When she only encounters derision and rejection she is left with only one option …
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Perhaps the most saturated film I've seen. Life's tragedy, distilled to a potent melodrama so absolute, so insuppressible that it of necessity finds expression through every outlet - every word, look, angle, frame - & every layered combination thereof. A cinema of anguish. My poor German was a hindrance; the onslaught requires the sort of immersion made impossible with distractions like subtitles. 2nd watch required.
Fassbinder meets Kafka. This mammoth film attempts to logically depict the devastation of one individual within himself, and as he exists in the world around him. Not often have I seen a film that runs so highly through rationale, so clear-headed through the state of things in the world, and how they affect the individual; Fassbinder gave us everything he knew, and we can only be grateful.
CINEMA, 35mm _ I understand Fassbinder very much as a political act, full of wrath and provocation. The problem is : it does not move me as melodrama. Some great moments, visual innovations and a mood closer this time from Godard as Sirk. The slaughterhouse sequence though, with Goethe and blood everywhere, is to be remembered !