3 items from 2015
Each week, the fine folks at Fandor add a number of films to their Criterion Picks area, which will then be available to subscribers for the following twelve days. This week, the Criterion Picks focus on eight films from Rainer Werner Fassbinder.
Fall in love with a giant of New German Cinema with a selection of curated highlights from the prolific yet truncated career of iconoclast director Rainer Werner Fassbinder.
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The wildly prolific German filmmaker Rainer Werner Fassbinder paid homage to his cinematic hero Douglas Sirk with this update of that filmmaker’s 1955 All That Heaven Allows. A lonely widow meets a much younger Arab worker in a bar during a rainstorm. They fall in love, to their own surprise, and to the outright shock of their families, colleagues, and drinking buddies. In Ali: Fear Eats The Soul, »
- Ryan Gallagher
Robert Enrico's literally searing terror tale from the French occupation is not for the faint of heart. Fearing reprisals, surgeon Philippe Noiret sends his wife Romy Schneider out of harm's way of the retreating Germans -- but things go horribly wrong. What follows is an ordeal of vengeance even more brutal than Straw Dogs, fought to the finish in a medieval castle. The Old Gun MGM Limited Edition Collection DVD-r 1975 / Color / 1:78 enhanced widescreen / 102 87 min. / Le vieux fusil / Street Date September 8, 2015 / available through Screen Archives Entertainment / 19.95 Starring Philippe Noiret, Romy Schneider, Jean Bouise, Joachim Hansen, Robert Hoffmann, Karl Michael Vogler, Madeleine Ozeray, Caroline Bonhomme, Catherine Delaporte, Daniel Breton, Jean-Paul Cisife, Antoine Saint-John. Cinematography Étienne Becker Film Editor Ava Zora Original Music François de Roubaix Written by Robert Enrico, Pascal Jardin, Claude Veillot Produced by Pierre Caro Directed by Robert Enrico
Reviewed by Glenn Erickson
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- Glenn Erickson
A year before his tragic death in 1982, German director Rainer Werner Fassbinder — the cinema outlaw poet whose filmography included over 40 films and the epic TV mini-series "World on a Wire" and "Berlin Alexanderplatz" — put together a list of his top 10 favorite films. How did they influence him? Fassbinder's very favorite was Visconti's "The Damned," a visually sumptuous panorama of societal collapse and decay in Third Reich Germany and no doubt an influence on the German auteur's own "Brd Trilogy," in particular the bawdy, bordello-set "Lola." Watch: Watch: Rw Fassbinder's Early Godard-Inspired Short "A Little Chaos" In his early days, Fassbinder wore his influences like a beret, cribbing the style of early Godard films to make coolly composed black-and-white tales of chic Europeans and their nihilism. But then he found a style all his own: rich, character-driven psychodramas, meta-movie exercises and romantic »
- Ryan Lattanzio
3 items from 2015
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