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The Little Chaos (1966)

Das kleine Chaos (original title)
Theo, Marite, and Franz cannot make any money selling magazines door to door, so they try a little robbery.
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Complete credited cast:
Christoph Roser Christoph Roser ... Theo
Marite Greiselis Marite Greiselis ... Marite
Rainer Werner Fassbinder ... Franz
Greta Rehfeld Greta Rehfeld
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Theo, Marite, and Franz cannot make any money selling magazines door to door, so they try a little robbery.

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West Germany

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German

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February 2002 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

O Pequeno Caos See more »

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Roser Film See more »
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Mono

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1.37 : 1
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Featured in Fassbinder in Hollywood (2002) See more »

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I Can't Control Myself
Written by Reg Presley
Performed by The Troggs
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The great beginning of a promising career
31 May 2012 | by Rodrigo_AmaroSee all my reviews

"Das Kleine Chaos" marks as being Rainer Werner Fassbinder's first experience with films and what a impressive debut he has with such fun project. With visible inspiration on Godard films like "Bande à Part" and "Vivre Sa Vie" he tells us the funny sometimes violent story of a group of friends (played by Fassbinder, Christoph Roser and Marite Greiselis), all completely losers that are incapable of getting money in selling magazines door to door, and they decide to become robbers. Their victim? The woman who turned their offer of buying their magazines!

Far from being an ambitious project like many of his future works yet intending to make something good out of it so he could try to go to a film school (this and his second short, both rejected by the school), "The Little Chaos" effects lies on the director's talent in putting so many elements in just one short film of less than ten minutes. Comedy, drama, crime movie, suspense, musical, use of film references, political ideas (brief but interesting). This doesn't aim to any message, it's just a tribute to the cinema the director knew and enjoyed during the years, and the movie is very convincing in being simply that, no more, no less.

Known for his dramatic work in masterpieces like "Fox and his Friends" and "The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant", Fassbinder makes of his debut a highly entertaining and funny picture, a kind of humor that disappeared or were used in less quantity in his magnificent films ("Satanbraten" is a pure comedy but very dark). The last line of the movie when he answers what's he going to do with the money stolen is hilarious. As for his acting, posing like a tough gangster, RWF is incredible, stealing the show from his co-stars. Watch it and enjoy it the early talent of one of the greatest directors to ever film on this earth. 10/10


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