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Mother Küsters Goes to Heaven (1975)

Mutter Küsters' Fahrt zum Himmel (original title)
Frau Kusters is preparing dinner late one seemingly ordinary afternoon in her seemingly ordinary kitchen in Frankfurt, Germany. Mrs. Kusters wants to add canned sausages to the stew, her ... See full summary »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Brigitte Mira ... Emma Küsters
Ingrid Caven ... Corinna
Margit Carstensen ... Marianne Thälmann
Karlheinz Böhm ... Karl Thälmann
Irm Hermann ... Helene
Gottfried John ... Niemeyer
Peter Kern Peter Kern ... Nachtclubbesitzer
Kurt Raab ... Barbesitzer Gustav
Gustav Holzapfel Gustav Holzapfel ... Herr Holzapfel
Lilo Pempeit Lilo Pempeit ... Sekretärin
Peter Chatel ... Photograph
Peter Bollag Peter Bollag ... Photograph
Vitus Zeplichal Vitus Zeplichal ... Reporter
Volker Spengler ... Photograph
Y Sa Lo Y Sa Lo ... Terroristin
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Frau Kusters is preparing dinner late one seemingly ordinary afternoon in her seemingly ordinary kitchen in Frankfurt, Germany. Mrs. Kusters wants to add canned sausages to the stew, her annoying daughter-in-law thinks otherwise. The point, we soon find out, is moot: Mr. Kusters has murdered the personnel director at the soap factory where he works before committing suicide. Written by Tim Horrigan <horrigan@aol.com>

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Country:

West Germany

Language:

German

Release Date:

23 March 1976 (Denmark) See more »

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Budget:

DEM 750,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Fassbinder
30 September 2017 | by gavin6942See all my reviews

Frau Kusters is preparing dinner late one seemingly ordinary afternoon in her seemingly ordinary kitchen in Frankfurt, Germany. Mrs. Kusters wants to add canned sausages to the stew, her annoying daughter-in-law thinks otherwise. The point, we soon find out, is moot: Mr. Kusters has murdered the personnel director at the soap factory where he works before committing suicide.

The film drew on both Douglas Sirk's melodramas and Weimar era workers' films to tell a political coming of age story. Fassbinder also clearly criticizes the small German Communist Party's moderation and "armchair activism". Now, I know nothing about the German Communist Party of the 1970s, but I do know Sirk and Fassbinder's borrowing. This film is one of the most obvious Sirk nods I have seen yet. And, therefore, one of the better Fassbinder films.


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