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452 Ratings


West Germany, 1969
Comedy, Drama, Avant-Garde


Fassbinder’s second film dramatizes the intolerance of a circle of financially and sexually frustrated friends when an immigrant laborer (Fassbinder) moves to their Munich neighborhood.

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Katzelmacher Directed by Rainer Werner Fassbinder

Awards & Festivals



German Film Critics Association Awards

1970 | Winner: Best Film

German Film Awards

1970 | 5 wins including: Outstanding Feature Film (Gold)

1989 | Nominee: Special Film Award '40th Anniversary of the Federal Republic of Germany'

Critics reviews

What struck me now—and also then 1977, I imagine—was "Katzelmacher"’s radicalism… In the context of 1977 and the avant-garde film scene to which I belonged, as well as the burgeoning punk aesthetic, “Katzelmacher” appeared at once cinematically raw and conceptually sophisticated, an example of both underground and structural filmmaking, an excitingly desultory Warholian reading of Brecht.
September 01, 2013
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An important part of what makes Katzelmacher so exemplary in establishing Fassbinder’s style and vision, which he would then develop over most of the remainder of his career, is that even though the characters’ behavior tends to be stereotypical, the characters themselves seldom are. For all their crankiness and narrowness, they live and breathe, virtually glorying in their contradictions.
January 01, 2008
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