Rainer Werner Fassbinder: Vol. 2

Format: Blu-ray

Genre: Drama

Location: Fi16b

This collection contains:

The Marriage of Maria Braun (1979)

This movie follows the life of a young German woman, married to a soldier in the waning days of WWII. Fassbinder has tried to show the gritty life after the end of WWII and the turmoil of the people trapped in its wake.

Fox and His Friends (1975)

Working and middle-upper class worlds come together in this exciting look at class conflict within the gay world from the German director Reiner Werner Fassbinder. Fassbinder plays Fox, he is working class, a former circus performer who wins the lottery of DM 500,000. His life starts to look up, and he doesn’t have to struggle financially. Fox can now have the life and things that he has always wanted. He begins a new relationship with Eugen and creates a business partnership, and his life looks bright. While he wants to climb the social ladder, it isn’t without turmoil and being torn between his old working-class roots and the shiny new facade of middle-class consciousness.

Effi Briest (1974)

In the nineteenth century, seventeen-year-old Effi Briest is married to the older Baron von Instetten and moves into a house in a small, isolated Baltic town that she believes has a ghost. She soon bears a daughter, Annie, and hires the lapsed Catholic Roswitha to look after her. Effi is lonely when her husband is away on business, so she rides and walks along the shore with Major Crampas. Institute is promoted to Ministerial Councillor, and the family moves to Berlin, where Effi enjoys a social life. Six years later, the Baron is given letters from Crampas to Effi that convince him they had an affair. He feels obliged to challenge Crampas to a duel and banish Effi from the house.

Fear Eats the Soul (1974)

The wildly prolific German filmmaker Rainer Werner Fassbinder paid homage to his cinematic hero Douglas Sirk with this update of that filmmaker’s All That Heaven Allows (1955). During a rainstorm, a lonely widow (Brigitte Mira) meets a much younger Moroccan worker (El Hedi ben Salem) in a bar. They fall in love, to their surprise and the shock of their families, colleagues, and drinking buddies. In Ali: Fear Eats the Soul, Fassbinder expertly wields the emotional power of classic Hollywood melodrama to expose the racial tensions underlying contemporary German culture.