The young toolmaker Jochen fights with his colleagues to a performance bonus. He gets to know the girl Marion. For both, it is love at first sight.




1973   1972  
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Series cast summary:
Gottfried John ...  Jochen Epp 5 episodes, 1972-1973
Wolfried Lier ...  Wolf Epp 5 episodes, 1972-1973
Anita Bucher Anita Bucher ...  Käthe Epp 5 episodes, 1972-1973
Werner Finck ...  Gregor Mack 5 episodes, 1972-1973
Irm Hermann ...  Irmgard Erlkönig 5 episodes, 1972-1973
Hanna Schygulla ...  Marion Andreas 5 episodes, 1972-1973
Rudolf Waldemar Brem ...  Rolf Schwein 5 episodes, 1972-1973
Grigorios Karipidis Grigorios Karipidis ...  Guiseppe Giuliano 5 episodes, 1972-1973
Wolfgang Schenck ...  Franz Miltenberger 5 episodes, 1972-1973
Wolfgang Zerlett ...  Manfred Müller 5 episodes, 1972-1973
Hans Hirschmüller ...  Jürgen Graf 5 episodes, 1972-1973
Thorsten Massinger Thorsten Massinger ...  Manni Andreas 5 episodes, 1972-1973
Luise Ullrich ...  Oma Krüger 5 episodes, 1972-1973
Karl Scheydt ...  Arbeiter Peter 5 episodes, 1972-1973
Herb Andress ...  Rüdiger 5 episodes, 1972-1973
Renate Roland ...  Monika 5 episodes, 1972-1973
Rainer Hauer Rainer Hauer ...  Volkmar Gross 4 episodes, 1972-1973
Andrea Schober ...  Sylvia 4 episodes, 1972-1973
El Hedi ben Salem ...  Dunkelhäutiger Arbeiter 4 episodes, 1972-1973
Ruth Drexel Ruth Drexel ...  Frau Miltenberger 3 episodes, 1972-1973
Kurt Raab ...  Harald 3 episodes, 1972-1973


The young toolmaker Jochen fights with his colleagues to a performance bonus. He gets to know the girl Marion. For both, it is love at first sight.

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This series is part of the Criterion Collection, spine #946. See more »


Referenced in Role Play: Women on Fassbinder (1992) See more »

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The New German Film and the TV

Amongst R.W. Fassbinder's work (66 films, if short films and episodes are counted single) one finds all genres, including TV dramas and documentary, but no horror and no sex movies. This has a good reason: The German film after World War II. consisted mainly in "Crime and Sex". There were first he Lederhosen- and Heimatfilms, later those controversial elaborates like the "Schulmädchen-Reporte" on the one side and the Edgar Wallace and later Wallace-like thrillers which were almost all written by Herbert Reinecker and many of them directed by Alfred Vohrer, on the other side. This were the genres one intended to forget. And since TV stations (at least in the 60ies and 70ies in Germany) became technically capable of getting a competition for the cinemas, this possibility to reach a wider audience was used by the directors of the New German Cinema in order not to relapse again into the moor of Sodhom and Gomorrha. Fassbinder, at the time when the 5 parts of "Acht Stunden Sind Kein Tag" were broadcast (1972), only 26 years old, wanted to establish basically all those topics which were important for him in his films, also for TV. His only TV series (that got stopped although it was a big public success) gives insights in the everyday life of German lower-middle class couples or families. In the center are Jochen and Marion, the crew is the extended "Fassbinder family". Codetermination at the working places of the laborers, apartment rent usury and prejudices against foreign workers are in the center of this series, but also solidarity, comradeship and social engagement. The title "Eight hours are not a day" became proverbial, meaning that the sense of life cannot be exhausted by slaving for a company during 8 hours, but needs in addition the butter of a bread-and-butter-job.

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29 October 1972 (West Germany) See more »

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Eight Hours Don't Make a Day See more »


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