On Laetare Sunday, March 24, 1476 – the day winter is driven out and summer invited in – the drummer Hans Böhm (Michael König) appears in the Franconian town of Niklashausen. He is a shepherd who in the past – on similar occasions – has performed music and songs.
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Uncharacteristically tedious R.W., a non-Aristotelian drama that engenders the Epic Theatre of Brecht, passing through sequences of song and didactism, its reactionary Marxist instructions not aging quite as well as Margit Carstensen. It's alright, Rainer, we know you learned your lesson.
Auto-da-fé. Get it? Auto? Womp womp... Anachronistic wackiness that's (over)loaded with Fassbinder's trenchant observations and analyses - because RWF - but that's been more effectively (and less tediously) used by other directors. Better suited to theatre than to film (though I guess this was tv). More fun to think about than to watch.
I really liked this. I might be one of the only ones. It is heavy handed in getting its point across but I liked the majority of what it had to say. Fassbinder casually wearing his leather jacket in the 15th century earns it bonus points too.