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The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant (1972)

Die bitteren Tränen der Petra von Kant (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama, Romance | 5 October 1972 (West Germany)
Petra von Kant is a successful fashion designer -- arrogant, caustic, and self-satisfied. She mistreats Marlene (her secretary, maid, and co-designer). Enter Karin, a 23-year-old beauty who... See full summary »

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Petra von Kant is a successful fashion designer -- arrogant, caustic, and self-satisfied. She mistreats Marlene (her secretary, maid, and co-designer). Enter Karin, a 23-year-old beauty who wants to be a model. Petra falls in love with Karin and invites her to move in. The rest of the film deals with the emotions of this affair and its aftermath. Fassbinder tells his story in a series of 5 or 6 long scenes with extended uses of a single camera shot and deep focus. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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DEM 325,000 (estimated)
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The painting covering the wall in Petra's apartment is a gigantic blowup of Nicolas Poussin's 1629 painting "Midas and Bacchus" . See more »

Quotes

Petra von Kant: Where were you last night?
Karin Thimm: I went dancing.
Petra von Kant: Till 6 in the morning?
Karin Thimm: What about it?
Petra von Kant: They're not open that long.
Karin Thimm: No?
Petra von Kant: No.
Petra von Kant: Who did you go "dancing" with?
Karin Thimm: What?
Petra von Kant: Tell me who you went dancing with?
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Gewidmet dem, der hier Marlene wurde. (Dedicated to the one who became Marlene here) See more »


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Smoke Gets Into Your Eyes
Music by Jerome Kern with lyrics by Otto A. Harbach
Performed by The Platters
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Typical Fassbinder film
31 March 1999 | by (Ghent, Belgium) – See all my reviews

This is a typical Fassbinder movie: very strong psychological characterisation of the main characters, lot of talking, nearly no action. All the scenes of the film are located in the bedroom of Petra von Kant, a rich fashion designer. In that bedroom people are discussing life, love, ambition, frustration, despair and so on. So, a lot of talking although one of the most important characters does not say one word. It takes some effort of the spectator to follow the film but it is quite an interesting film. You should be glad if you see one such a film a month.


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