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Warum läuft Herr R. Amok (1970)

Not Rated | | Drama | 17 November 1977 (USA)
With slicked-down hair and three-piece suits, dependable Herr Raab is a technical draftsman. He gets along with his colleagues although his boss wants him to go beyond technical cleanliness... See full summary »

Directors:

Michael Fengler, Rainer Werner Fassbinder (as Rainer W. Fassbinder)

Writers:

Michael Fengler, Rainer Werner Fassbinder (as Rainer W. Fassbinder)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Lilith Ungerer ... Frau R.
Kurt Raab ... Herr R.
Lilo Pempeit Lilo Pempeit ... Kollegin im Büro
Franz Maron Franz Maron ... Chef
Harry Baer ... Kollege im Büro (as Harry Bär)
Peter Moland Peter Moland ... Kollege im Büro
Hanna Schygulla ... Hanna
Ingrid Caven ... Nachbarin
Irm Hermann ... Nachbarin
Doris Mattes Doris Mattes ... Nachbarin
Hannes Gromball Hannes Gromball ... Nachbar
Vinzenz Sterr Vinzenz Sterr ... Opa Raab (as Herr Sterr)
Maria Sterr Maria Sterr ... Oma Raab (as Frau Sterr)
Peer Raben Peer Raben ... Schulfreund
Eva Pampuch Eva Pampuch ... Schallplattenverkäuferin
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Storyline

With slicked-down hair and three-piece suits, dependable Herr Raab is a technical draftsman. He gets along with his colleagues although his boss wants him to go beyond technical cleanliness to problem solving. He's a dutiful husband; his wife's a social climber and pushes him to seek a promotion, but they also share sweet moments. He's a caring father, helping his son with homework. His parents visit; his mother criticizes his wife. Old School friends drop by, as do neighbors. Some comment on Raab's wife's expensive tastes. His promotion may be a long shot, especially after he gives a dull and tipsy toast at an office dinner. But why would Herr Raab run amok? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Country:

West Germany

Language:

German

Release Date:

17 November 1977 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Warum läuft Herr R. Amok? See more »

Filming Locations:

Munich, Bavaria, Germany

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Budget:

DEM 135,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Average Shot Length: 168 seconds. See more »

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When Herr R. leaves the doctor the camera team can be seen in the mirror on the wall. See more »

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Fassbinder's nihilism knew no bounds.
12 May 2017 | by sunheadbowedSee all my reviews

Sometimes a film is not 'boring', it's actually a study on boredom as societal satire; a disarmament of psychological setting -- a slow-motion, funereal-paced race to the ugly punchline. The funniest jokes require patience and an ability to listen.

Fassbinder pulls it off marvellously in 'Why Does Herr R. Run Amok?', one of his best early films, from 1970. This particular punchline connects as hard as a blow to the back of the head.

If a life can only be understood backwards, this film parodies the theory by emulating it.

Fassbinder's nihilism knew no bounds.


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