1976, Janus Films, 112 min, Germany, Dir: Rainer Werner Fassbinder

Womanizing writer Walter (Kurt Raab) lives with his nutjob brother Ernst (Volker Spengler), who has a sexual proclivity for houseflies, and juggles drama with both his mistress and wife. Upon becoming obsessed with the work of a 19th-century gay poet, Walter imagines himself as the author’s reincarnation. Aggressively heterosexual, Walter tries to become gay for the full reincarnation to take effect, hiring a slew of handsome young men in togas to be his groupies. Fassbinder’s devilish humor is in full force in this hilarious soap opera, arguably the most flat-out comedy of his career. In German with English subtitles.

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