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Why Does Herr R. Run Amok? (1970)
"Warum läuft Herr R. Amok" (original title)

 -  Drama  -  17 November 1977 (USA)
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With slicked-down hair and three-piece suits, dependable Herr Raab is a technical draftsman. He gets along with his colleagues although his boss wants him to go beyond technical cleanliness... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Lilith Ungerer ...
Kurt Raab ...
Lilo Pempeit ...
Kollegin im Büro
Franz Maron ...
Chef
Harry Baer ...
Kollege im Büro (as Harry Bär)
Peter Moland ...
Kollege im Büro
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Schulfreundin
Ingrid Caven ...
Nachbarin
Irm Hermann ...
Nachbarin
Doris Mattes ...
Nachbarin
Hannes Gromball ...
Nachbar
Vinzenz Sterr ...
Opa Raab (as Herr Sterr)
Maria Sterr ...
Oma Raab (as Frau Sterr)
Peer Raben ...
Schulfreund
Eva Pampuch ...
Schallplattenverkäuferin
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With slicked-down hair and three-piece suits, dependable Herr Raab is a technical draftsman. He gets along with his colleagues although his boss wants him to go beyond technical cleanliness to problem solving. He's a dutiful husband; his wife's a social climber and pushes him to seek a promotion, but they also share sweet moments. He's a caring father, helping his son with homework. His parents visit; his mother criticizes his wife. Old School friends drop by, as do neighbors. Some comment on Raab's wife's expensive tastes. His promotion may be a long shot, especially after he gives a dull and tipsy toast at an office dinner. But why would Herr Raab run amok? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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In 2003 on a interview for Village Voice Hanna Schygulla claimed that this film was completely done by director Michael Fengler, whereas purported co-director Rainer Werner Fassbinder had nothing to do with the actual film. She also claimed that film was almost completely improvised which wasn't Fassbinder's way to make movies. Fassbinder still is credited as director and writer on the actual film and on many official sources, including Fassbinder Foundation's website. This fact has been confirmed by Michael Fengler himself in the 2008 documentation Gegenschuss - Aufbruch der Filmemacher (2008). He reported, that Fassbinder was involved neither in writing nor in directing of the movie and has visited the movie set at most twice during shooting. See more »

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Why Does Fassbinder Run Amok?
23 February 2005 | by (New England) – See all my reviews

Wild and winsome yet tragic tale of a man who falls apart before our very eyes. Whats so exciting about this film is not the plot or the climax, which is given away in the title, but the sheer breathless spontaneity of the unfolding drama/trauma, presented in breezy interchanges between characters and told in an intimate verite style that looks disarmingly nontheatrical. We are like a fly on the wall making a documentary about a loser's last days. It is thus alternately exciting, maddening, sad and boring, just as those moments in his life actually would be. The only thing about the film that didn't really click was Herr R.'s final act(s) of violence. They seem at first glance sort of unsolicited, melodramatic, over-reactive, out of context. But then, the whole point of "running amok," as the Eskimos tell it, is that after six months of indoor living with no sunlight, the mere tedium and monotony of cohabitation becomes too much to bear. Thus, it isn't trauma after trauma, or some big nasty blowout that causes the final snap; it's the soul-crushing redundancy of the countless minuscule agitations and frustrations that causes, perhaps at no particular or predictable moment, the final psychological break for the poor damned fool. Fassbinder loves greasy, pudgy, gluttonous, hard-drinking losers, probably because he saw himself as one, but alcohol as the vehicle of mental deterioration, and sometimes the means of actual death, seems to feature prominently in many Fassfilms.


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