Eclipse Series 39: Early Fassbinder

Eclipse Series 39: Early Fassbinder

 
Eclipse Series 39: Early Fassbinder (Eclipse DVD)

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From the very beginning of his incandescent career, the New German Cinema enfant terrible Rainer Werner Fassbinder refused to play by the rules. His politically charged, experimental first films, made at an astonishingly rapid rate between 1969 and 1970, were influenced by the work of the Antiteater, an avant-garde stage troupe that he had helped found in Munich. Collected here are five of those fascinating and confrontational works. Whether a self- conscious meditation on American crime movies, a scathing indictment of xenophobia in contemporary Germany, or an off-the-wall look at the dysfunctional relationships on film sets, each is a startling glimpse into the mind of a twentysomething man who was to become one of cinema’s most madly prolific artists.

Collector’s Set Includes

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Love Is Colder Than Death

Rainer Werner Fassbinder 1969

For his feature debut, Rainer Werner Fassbinder fashioned an acerbic, unorthodox crime drama about a love triangle involving the small-time pimp Franz (Fassbinder), his prostitute girlfriend, Joanna (future Fassbinder mainstay Hanna Schygulla), and his gangster friend Bruno (Ulli Lommel).


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Katzelmacher

Rainer Werner Fassbinder 1969

Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s second feature depicts the intolerance of a circle of financially and sexually frustrated friends when an immigrant laborer (Fassbinder) moves to their Munich neighborhood.


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Gods of the Plague

Rainer Werner Fassbinder 1969

Harry Baer plays a newly released ex-convict who slowly but surely finds his way back into the Munich criminal underworld. This sensual, artfully composed film by Rainer Werner Fassbinder is a study of romantic and professional futility.


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The American Soldier

Rainer Werner Fassbinder 1970

Fassbinder’s experimental noir is a subversive, self-reflexive gangster movie full of unexpected asides and stylistic flourishes, and features an audaciously bonkers final shot and memorable turns from many of the director’s rotating gallery of players.


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Beware of a Holy Whore

Rainer Werner Fassbinder 1970

In Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s brazen depiction of the alternating currents of lethargy and mayhem inherent in moviemaking, a film crew deals with an aloof star (Eddie Constantine), an abusive director (Lou Castel), and a financially troubled production.