Rainer Werner Fassbinder: Vol. 1

Format: Blu-ray

Genre: Drama

Location: Fi16b

This collection contains:

Tenderness of the Wolves (1973)

In 1925, in Germany, Fritz Haarmann was a homosexual, thief, and sneaker, having a special license from the police. He sells meat in the black market. He also kills boys and young men, drinking their blood, quarter-sewing their bodies, and throwing away the parts in a river. Certainly what he sells in the black market is human meat.

The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant (1972)

Petra von Kant is a successful fashion designer — arrogant, caustic, and self-satisfied. Some time ago, she divorced the husband she no longer loved. Until recently, she has been in a reasonably satisfactory S and M relationship with Marlene (her secretary, maid, and co-designer). She mistreats her. Enter Karin, a 23-year-old beauty who wants to be a model. She falls in love with Karin and invites her to move in with them. The rest of the film deals with the emotions of this affair and its aftermath. Fassbinder tells his story in a series of 5 or 6 long scenes with extended uses of a single camera shot and deep focus.

The Merchant of Four Seasons (1972)

Hans Epp is a self-destructive man who lives a dissatisfied life. He tries to find meaning as a fruit vendor, but a heart attack impedes his ability to work, which turns his dissatisfaction into despair.

Love is Colder than Death (1969)

Unusual gangster story in which a small-time pimp Franz, is torn between his mistress and Bruno, the gangster sent after him by the syndicate that he has refused to join. Things are turned on their head when Franz and Bruno become friends, to the point that they even share Franz’s girlfriend, Joanna. But Joanna soon becomes bored of Bruno.