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The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant (1972)

Die bitteren Tränen der Petra von Kant (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama, Romance | 5 October 1972 (West Germany)
An arrogant fashion designer falls in love with an icy beauty who wants to be a model.

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Rainer Werner Fassbinder (play), Rainer Werner Fassbinder (screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Margit Carstensen ... Petra von Kant (as Margit Cartensen)
Hanna Schygulla ... Karin Thimm
Katrin Schaake ... Sidonie von Grasenabb
Eva Mattes ... Gabriele von Kant
Gisela Fackeldey Gisela Fackeldey ... Valerie von Kant
Irm Hermann ... Marlene
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Storyline

Petra von Kant is a successful fashion designer -- arrogant, caustic, and self-satisfied. She mistreats Marlene (her secretary, maid, and co-designer). Enter Karin, a 23-year-old beauty who wants to be a model. Petra falls in love with Karin and invites her to move in. The rest of the film deals with the emotions of this affair and its aftermath. Fassbinder tells his story in a series of 5 or 6 long scenes with extended uses of a single camera shot and deep focus. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Sex is the ultimate weapon.

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Drama | Romance

Certificate:

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Country:

West Germany

Language:

German

Release Date:

5 October 1972 (West Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant See more »

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Budget:

DEM 325,000 (estimated)
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Mono

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The painting covering the wall in Petra's apartment is a gigantic blowup of Nicolas Poussin's 1629 painting "Midas and Bacchus" . See more »

Quotes

Petra von Kant: Talented? She's not talented, she just knows how to sell herself.
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Gewidmet dem, der hier Marlene wurde. (Dedicated to the one who became Marlene here) See more »


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Smoke Gets Into Your Eyes
Music by Jerome Kern with lyrics by Otto A. Harbach
Performed by The Platters
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One of Fassbinder's most intense films
24 August 2003 | by larsgorzelakSee all my reviews

Petra von Kant is Rainer Werner Fassbinder at his very best. Every single cut in this film looks absolutely gorgeous, the photography is stunning, and the actors look as if they haven't got a single feeling left to feel - except bitterness. It's also one of Fassbinder's most relentless and uncompromising dramas; the atmosphere of despair and loneliness is intense and effected me deeply, and the humor one finds in some of the director's other films is almost totally absent. Disney fans should probably think twice before viewing.


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