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The Merchant of Four Seasons (1972)

Händler der vier Jahreszeiten (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama | 10 February 1972 (France)
Hans is a street fruit peddler and born-loser. His choice of career upsets his bourgeois family, causing him to turn to drinking and violence. After recovering from a debilitating heart ... See full summary »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Hans Hirschmüller ...
Hans Epp
Irm Hermann ...
Irmgard Epp
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Anna Epp, Hans's sister
Andrea Schober ...
Renate Epp, Hans's daughter
Gusti Kreissl ...
Mother Epp
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Harry Radek
Karl Scheydt ...
Anzell
Ingrid Caven ...
The merchant's great love
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Kurt, Heide's husband
Heide Simon ...
Heide, Hans's second sister
Peter Chatel ...
Dr. Harlach
Elga Sorbas ...
Marile Kosemund, a whore
Lilo Pempeit ...
Customer
Walter Sedlmayr ...
Fruit cart salesman (as Walther Sedlmayer)
El Hedi ben Salem ...
The Arab (as Salem El Heïdi)
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Hans is a street fruit peddler and born-loser. His choice of career upsets his bourgeois family, causing him to turn to drinking and violence. After recovering from a debilitating heart attack, his business finally begins to take off. However the more he becomes a credit to his family, the more depressed he becomes. One sociable day, while toasting his friends and family, he decides to drink himself to death. Written by lucifershalo

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A zöldségkereskedő  »

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DEM 325,000 (estimated)
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[repeated line]
Hans Epp: Fresh pears!
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Buona Notte
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Written by Rocco Granata & Jules Verard
Performed by Rocco Granata
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Fassbinder
23 April 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Hans (Hans Hirschmüller) is a street fruit peddler and born-loser. His choice of career upsets his bourgeois family, causing him to turn to drinking and violence. After recovering from a debilitating heart attack, his business finally begins to take off. However the more he becomes a credit to his family, the more depressed he becomes.

"The Merchant of Four Seasons" was a turning point in Fassbinder's career, marking his entry into the international film arena. It is considered by film critics to be one of Fassbinder's best films. For me, it was alright but not what I would consider among his best. Number one would have to be "Ali", and it is hard to dismiss "World on a Wire".

Granted, I have not perused the Criterion DVD, and maybe I just do not understand the complete context of this film. Another time?


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