Essential Cinema: The Bitter Tears of Rainer Werner Fassbinder

THE MERCHANT OF FOUR SEASONS

Directed by Rainer Werner Fassbinder

Germany, 1972, 1h 28min, DCP, In German with English Subtitles

Essential Cinema  The Bitter Tears of Rainer Werner Fassbinder

AFS Cinema

6406 N I-35 Suite 3100 Austin, TX 78752

Showtime

Sat, Jul 7

Fassbinder shakes up his loose, cool reputation by diving into social satire via melodrama with the first of his films made after his deep dive into the electrifying melodramatic world of Douglas Sirk. Humorously criticizing both a broken society and the people that inhabit it, Fassbinder makes a microcosm of the struggles of a poor street fruit peddler and his many failures. A dark and funny parable about everyday people in the Germany that Fassbinder lived to critique.

ABOUT THIS SERIES

This series celebrates the prolific master of New German Cinema and his razor-sharp gaze at culture and society across genre and style. Presented in conjunction with the restoration of his series of TV films, EIGHT HOURS DON’T MAKE A DAY.

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