Thursday, 27 April 2017

Capital Celluloid 2017 - Day 130: Thu May 11

Bolweiser (Fassbinder, 1977): BFI Southbank, NFT2, 8.40pm

The excellent Rainer Werner Fassbinder season continues at the BFI Southbank with this 35mm screening. Full details of the season can be found here. This film is also being screened on May 6th and you can find all the details here.

Time Out review:
Marvellous performance from Elisabeth Trissenaar - justifiably compared to Garbo and Dietrich - as the enigmatically errant wife of a provincial stationmaster, doting but hardly of the stallion breed. In mood, something of a cross between Fear of Fear and Chinese Roulette as Fassbinder continues his Sirkian task of exploring the cheerless grey world of petit bourgeois morality (the time is just after the First World War), highlighting a series of melodramatic sexual betrayals in order to dissect (with surprising compassion) the tissue of lies and deceptions that makes them inevitable while simultaneously keeping society going (towards the fascism that clearly lies just ahead). A feature drawn from the original two-part, 200-minute TV film.

Tony Rayns

Here (and above) is an extract.

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