Sunday, 19 March 2017

Capital Celluloid 2017 - Day 89: Thu Mar 30

Why Does Herr R. Run Amok? (Fassbinder, 1970): BFI Southbank, NFT2, 8.40pm


The excellent Rainer Werner Fassbinder season continues at the BFI Southbank with this 35mm screening. Full details here. Tonight's film can also be seen at BFI Southbank on April 1st. All the information is here.

Chicago Reader review:
Made for about $10,000, this 1970 provocation by Rainer Werner Fassbinder and Michael Fengler stars Kurt Raab (The Stationmaster's Wife) as a character with the same name—a moody, misfit draftsman at a German architectural firm who grows increasingly alienated from his workplace, his neighbors, his parents, and his bourgeois wife (Lilith Ungerer). As did Sinclair Lewis in Babbitt, Fassbinder navigates carefully between mockery and empathy, heightening the interior drama with his superior staging: in almost every key scene, the chattering characters become white noise as we focus on the silent sufferer in the room. With Franz Maron and Hanna Schygulla.
JR Jones

Here (and above) is an extract.

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