Wednesday, 26 April 2017

Capital Celluloid 2017 - Day 129: Wed May 10

Chinese Roulette (Fassbinder, 1976): BFI Southbank, NFT1, 6.15pm


The excellent Rainer Werner Fassbinder season continues at the BFI Southbank with this screening. Full details of the season can be found here. This film is also being screened on May 3rd and 5th and you can find all the details here.

Time Out review:
Made after Fassbinder disbanded his 'stock company' of actors, Chinese Roulette is quite different from his earlier bourgeois satires. The script is boldly non-naturalistic: a crippled girl connives to get herself, both her parents and their respective lovers to a country house all at the same time, for a weekend of intense embarrassments. And the style, all double reflections and shifting points of view, suspends the cast like flies in an amber of deceptions, neuroses and panics. The humour fits the cruelty as a boot fits a groin.

Tony Rayns


Here (and above) is the opening scene.

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