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Pioneers in Ingolstadt (1971)

Pioniere in Ingolstadt (original title)
Berta, a naive young maid, searches for love when the army engineers come to town to build a bridge.

Writers:

Rainer Werner Fassbinder (teleplay), Marieluise Fleisser (play)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Hanna Schygulla ... Berta
Harry Baer ... Karl
Irm Hermann ... Alma
Rudolf Waldemar Brem ... Fabian Unertl
Walter Sedlmayr Walter Sedlmayr ... Fritz Unertl
Klaus Löwitsch ... Feldwebel
Carla Egerer ... Frieda (as Carla Aulaulu)
Günther Kaufmann ... Max
Burghard Schlicht Burghard Schlicht ... Klaus
Elga Sorbas ... Marie
Gunter Krää Gunter Krää ... Gottfried
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ulli Lommel ... Zeck
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Berta, a naive young maid, searches for love when the army engineers come to town to build a bridge.

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Country:

West Germany

Language:

German

Release Date:

19 May 1971 (West Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Recruits in Ingolstadt See more »

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Budget:

DEM 550,000 (estimated)
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Mono

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Karl: You ain't got much time. Tomorrow we're strangers.
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Laying out topics for future movies
14 January 2010 | by hasoschSee all my reviews

I cannot deny when many people think that "Pioniere Von Ingolstadt" (1971) was more of less an apprentice piece for Fassbinder, although he had already done a couple of feature films before. I have also no major arguments against those who criticize that both film and play (by Marielouise Fleisser) are basically content-less (why Brecht seriously recommended to perform it "not as whole, but in its parts"): "Pioneers" come into a small Southern German town, the girls, oppressed by the Bavarian patriarchs, are eager to escape with the next-best soldier who comes across them. However, they are disappointed, because they experience sex where they expect love. And the pioneers build a bridge -a really strange metaphor. Is this bridge, that probably never get finished, a connection between the oppressors and the oppressed, the rich (patriarchs) and the poor (servants, the two female lead-characters Alma and Berta or A and B)? The movie raises more question than it gives an answer why Fassbinder did it. Considering that social problems, especially such involved with women, will become central in Fassbinder's later work, we may speculate that here, he laid out all the topics to which he would come back in his following films.


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