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The Merchant of Four Seasons

Rainer Werner Fassbinder

 
The Merchant of Four Seasons (Criterion Blu-Ray)

Blu-Ray

1 Disc

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  • Germany
  • 1971
  • 88 minutes
  • Color
  • 1.37:1
  • German
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  • Spine #758

New German Cinema icon Rainer Werner Fassbinder kicked off a new phase of his young career when he made the startling The Merchant of Four Seasons. In this anguished yet mordantly funny film, Fassbinder charts the decline of a self-destructive former policeman and war veteran struggling to make ends meet for his family by working as a fruit vendor. Fassbinder had gained acclaim for a series of trenchant, quickly made early films, but for this one he took more time and forged a new style—featuring a more complexly woven script and narrative structure and more sophisticated use of the camera, and influenced by the work of his recently discovered idol, Douglas Sirk. The result is a meticulously made, unforgiving social satire.

Cast

Hans Epp Hans Hirschmüller
Irmgard Epp Irm Hermann
Mother Epp Gusti Kreissl
Anna Epp, Hans's sister Hanna Schygulla
Second sisterHeide Simon
KurtKurt Raab
Harry Radek Klaus Löwitsch
AnzellKarl Scheydt
The merchant's great love Ingrid Caven
DoctorPeter Chatel
CustomerLilo Pempeit
Fruit cart sellerWalter Sedlmayr
Arab El Hedi ben Salem
PolicemanHark Bohm
Three applicantsDaniel Schmid
Harry Baer
Marian Seidowsky
PlayboyMichael Fengler
ZuckerRainer Werner Fassbinder
Marile KosemundElga Sorbas
Man in the pubSigi Graue

Disc Features

  • New 4K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • Audio commentary featuring filmmaker Wim Wenders
  • New interviews with actors Irm Hermann and Hans Hirschmüller
  • New interview with film scholar Eric Rentschler
  • New English subtitle translation
  • PLUS: An essay by film scholar Thomas Elsaesser

    New cover by David Plunkert

Film Essays

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The Merchant of Four Seasons: Downward Mobility in Munich

By Thomas Elsaesser June 01, 2015

A legionnaire turned fruit seller misses out on Germany’s economic miracle in Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s breakthrough melodrama. Read more »

Web Exclusives

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Bitter Harvest

By Chuck Stephens June 04, 2015

Rainer Werner Fassbinder stocked the cast of The Merchant of Four Seasons with friends and colleagues from his experimental theater days. Read more »


Film Essays

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The Merchant of Four Seasons: Downward Mobility in Munich

By Thomas Elsaesser June 01, 2015

A legionnaire turned fruit seller misses out on Germany’s economic miracle in Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s breakthrough melodrama. Read more »


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