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 !
8/10. Depressing af with some great sequences. Fassbinder makes great use of tracking shoots and conservatively employs close-ups, making them all the more impactful. I struggled a bit with tone throughout as surreal flourishes are interwoven with all-too-real drama. The juxtaposition of the slaughterhouse scene with Elvira's monologue about her past is haunting.
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.
A man trying to accept himself, his needs and his way to be. People around him trapped in their own small prisons. A whole country trying to cope with guilt, with oppression and with enforced capitalism. Emotional, political, sexual and thinking hybrids clash at so many different levels - what a film!
Insane! What a personal film by Fassbinder. This film confirms the rarely equalled genius Fassbinder had. Attacks capitalism, the bourgeois, injustices and a whole lot else. Spengler is great in one of the most challenging roles I've ever seen. I love the end of the opening credits when it lists all the jobs Fassbinder undertook alongside directing- just shows how personal the project was to Fassbinder. A masterpiece
Elvira is an incredibly tragic figure...so much, that one of the initial scenes between her and Christoph, her recent lover is somewhat embarrassing to watch. The most frightening, yet striking scene of this movie is the one that takes place in the Slaughterhouse. This is my first Fassbinder film, and it's made me curious to watch more.