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The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant ()

Die bitteren Tränen der Petra von Kant (original title)
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An arrogant fashion designer falls in love with an icy beauty who wants to be a model.

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Petra von Kant (as Margit Cartensen)
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Karin Thimm
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Sidonie von Grasenabb
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Gabriele von Kant
Gisela Fackeldey ...
Valerie von Kant
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Marlene

Directed by

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Rainer Werner Fassbinder

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Rainer Werner Fassbinder ... (play)
 
Rainer Werner Fassbinder ... (screenplay)

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Rainer Werner Fassbinder ... producer
Michael Fengler ... producer

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Michael Ballhaus

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Thea Eymèsz

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Kurt Raab

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Maja Lemcke

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Peter Müller ... makeup artist
Margarethe Ullmann ... hair stylist

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Margot Hirschmüller ... production manager
Karl Scheydt ... unit manager

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Harry Baer ... assistant director (as Harry Bär)
Kurt Raab ... assistant director

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Gunther Kortwich ... sound (as Gustav Kortwich)
Harry Rausch ... assistant sound

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Peter Gauhe ... still photographer (as Peter Gaue)
Ekkehard Heinrich ... lighting technician
Klaus Jahnel ... assistant camera

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An Dorthe Braker ... script supervisor (as Andorthe Braker)
El Hedi ben Salem ... production help (as Salem El Hedi)
Andreas Schimek ... production help

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Plot Summary

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

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Also Known As
  • The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant (World-wide, English title)
  • The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant (United States)
  • Les larmes amères de Petra von Kant (France)
  • Las amargas lágrimas de Petra von Kant (Spain)
  • Petra von Kant keserű könnyei (Hungary)
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  • 124 min
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Budget DEM325,000 (estimated)

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Trivia Rainer Werner Fassbinder wrote the entire screenplay for the film by hand during a single 12-hour flight from Berlin to Los Angeles. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in Movies to Change the World (2011). See more »
Soundtracks The Great Pretender See more »
Crazy Credits Gewidmet dem, der hier Marlene wurde. (Dedicated to the one who became Marlene here) See more »
Quotes Petra von Kant: I think people need each other, they're made that way. But they haven't learnt how to live together.
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