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The Merchant of Four Seasons (1971)
"Händler der vier Jahreszeiten" (original title)

Not Rated  |   |  Drama  |  4 November 1971 (West Germany)
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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 ... 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
Klaus Löwitsch ...
Harry Radek
Karl Scheydt ...
Anzell
Ingrid Caven ...
The merchant's great love
Kurt Raab ...
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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Also Known As:

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Excellent view into modern problems
17 June 2010 | by (Los Angeles, CA) – See all my reviews

It took a while to kick in and once it did, you took to it on a cautious level. At first, you feel another treatment of Bergman's masterpiece, SCENES FROM A MARRIAGE (1973 - Sweden), is developing when a couple spend a fair bit of time rambling about their marital problems. Whereas Bergman tends to be very analytical this was basic. Nothing fascinating because it was realistic. The mirror has been turned on the audience as we watch every detail in awkward human emotions spill for the camera. Nothing dramatic. Just simplicity and honesty via jumps cuts and long durational shots. Then for the good of the movie it takes another turn, giving us little surprises. Very reminiscent of Claude Sautet's CHOSES DE LA VIE, LES (1969 - France).


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