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Why Does Herr R. Run Amok?

Warum läuft Herr R. Amok?

West Germany, 1970


Herr R. a middle-class German, leads a life of boredom and desperation. Between the blandness of his job and the frustration of his family life, Herr R. can find no peace. When the tensions of his excruciatingly ordinary existence build to intolerable levels, he calmly responds in brutal fashion.

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Why Does Herr R. Run Amok? Directed by Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Michael Fengler

Awards & Festivals

Berlin International Film Festival

1970 | Winner: OCIC Award - Recommendation

German Film Awards

1971 | Winner: Best Direction (Gold)

1971 | Nominee: Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role (Gold)

With a sardonic, scalpel-like technique, Rainer Werner Fassbinder and his co-director, Michael Fengler, calmly and gleefully flay the West German version of the American dream.
May 12, 2014
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Baudelaire’s ennui, “the sour fruit of incurious gloom,” a domestic fuse lit by Rainer Werner Fassbinder and Michael Fengler for the benefit of Akerman’s Jeanne Dielman.
January 01, 2010
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I have seen Why Does Herr R. Run Amok? probably ten times. If I am gifted with a long life, I may watch it 40 more. I will say just this: If greatness in filmmaking were determined by the sustained clarity of a singular vision alone, this might be one of the greatest movies ever made.
May 31, 2006
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