FASSBINDER: TO LOVE WITHOUT DEMANDS
FASSBINDER: LIEBEN OHNE ZU FORDERN
2015, 109 min, Denmark, Dir: Christian Braad Thomsen

Director Christian Braad Thomsen’s documentary about his longtime friend Rainer Werner Fassbinder paints a remarkably intimate portrait of the prolific German director. Through new interviews, scenes from his films and rare footage (including shots of him being booed at his first festival screening, struggling to direct a traffic sequence in “Berlin Alexanderplatz” and reflecting on his work just hours before his untimely death in 1982), Fassbinder emerges as philosopher, circus ringmaster and one of the most powerful creative voices of post-WWII Germany. In German with English subtitles.


GODS OF THE PLAGUE
GÖTTER DER PEST
1970, Janus Films, 91 min, Germany, Dir: Rainer Werner Fassbinder

Situated as the centerpiece in a loose trilogy with LOVE IS COLDER THAN DEATH and THE AMERICAN SOLDIER, Fassbinder’s engrossing take on the crime film is New German Cinema meets film noir. Franz Walsch (Harry Baer) is newly released from prison and, following in the footsteps of heist antiheroes immemorial, tracks down his old cohorts and gets busy planning a new robbery. While Fassbinder plays the Walsch role in the trilogy’s other two films, the presence of Baer (who looks like a hirsute Alain Delon) gives GODS OF THE PLAGUE a surreal, playfully tongue-in-cheek feel, even as it beautifully descends into tragedy. In German with English subtitles.


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