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440 Ratings

Why Does Herr R. Run Amok?

Warum läuft Herr R. Amok?

West Germany, 1970
Drama, Comedy


Dependable Herr Raab is a technical draftsman. He gets along with his colleagues although his boss wants him to go beyond cleanliness to problem solving. His promotion may be a long shot, especially after he gives a dull and tipsy toast at an office dinner. But why would Herr Raab run amok?

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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)

Critics reviews

Unmoored long takes feel forever on the verge of pulling our attention toward livelier subjects, as if not even a film about Kurt’s life can be bothered to remain interested in it. Fassbinder and Fengler opt to impress upon us a sense of almost unbearable tedium, a strategy so effective that, when drama arrives in the film’s closing minutes, the eruption of violence feels like a kind of relief.
May 14, 2014
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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… The filmmakers present the ordinary strivings and daily inconveniences, the incremental joys and the petty humiliations of solid middle-class citizens, with a nihilistic revulsion and an emetic contempt. In its modest, mocking way, the movie showcases living dinosaurs in eager anticipation of their extinction.
May 12, 2014
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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. The film’s design is clean and devilishly simple; if illustrated in one of Herr R.’s blueprints, it would be as a long line of slowly sloping ascent, like the painful creaking uphill of a rollercoaster.
May 31, 2006
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