Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Capital Celluloid 2017 - Day 92: Sun Apr 2

The American Soldier (Fassbinder, 1970): BFI Southbank, NFT2, 4.15pm



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 5th. You can find all the information here.

Chicago Reader review:
Director Rainer Werner Fassbinder described this 1970 film as “what's left in the minds of the German people who see a lot of American gangster films.” What's left, apparently, is some of the seediest mise-en-scene I've ever encountered—flat, grainy, spatially incomprehensible, and way too dark. And naturally, it's fascinating. This is Fassbinder before he froze up as a Douglas Sirk impersonator: a real punk movie, full of wonderfully half-baked ideas.
Dave Kehr

Here (and above) is an extract.

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