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

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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
Anna Epp, Hans's sister
Andrea Schober ...
Renate Epp, Hans's daughter
Gusti Kreissl ...
Mother Epp
Klaus Löwitsch ...
Harry Radek
Karl Scheydt ...
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 ...
Walter Sedlmayr ...
Fruit cart salesman (as Walther Sedlmayer)
El Hedi ben Salem ...
The Arab (as Salem El Heïdi)


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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4 November 1971 (West Germany)  »

Also Known As:

A zöldségkereskedő  »

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There's nothing to like here!
16 May 2008 | by See all my reviews

How can anyone even begin to like this film is really beyond me.

The idea? It has none. "A guy fell apart". That's the idea. Wow. An environment was slowly killing him... now THAT's original and worth watching.

This is the first Fasbinder's film I've seen... I've heard that he's a genius of mise-en-scene, but I've seen student films with more attention, inspiration, idea, and craft than this... this.... this nothing. It has nothing!

Each and every shot is too long. There's so much emptiness in them... The acting's horrible. You can see the actors had no preparation at all, no understanding of their roles, not even an attempt at showing emotions... it's so... superficial... The lines are so explicative that you could removed 90% of them and still have the same crappy film. Tempo? Who cares about it. Atmosphere, dynamics, that's for pussies! One shot per scene, 80% of the time people staring unrealistically, having no idea how to represent emotions and importance of the moment besides hollow staring at the camera or one another... EDiting? All rules of editing have been disregarded with no pa pay-off of any kind... Photography? Half of the shots have reflection in them, and crappy lighting with no stylization of any kind. Shadows, play of shadows... who needs that? We need a guy pissing, drinking, hitting his wife like he's... like he's acting. We need a bunch of close ups of a not-so-beautiful woman... we need an amateurish climax of his capture by an unconvincing arabian torturer... This film has so much wrongs that it isn't worth the no-budget it had.

Frankly, I haven't seen a film this bad since American Pie 5. Yup. That bad.

I've just started watching his "Veronica Foss" movie, which seems much better, based on the first 15 minutes (since it does have a hint of directing and artistic idea, unlike this crap), so I won't argue that Fasbinder's clueless.... but this.... this film SUCKS!

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