Collage of dramatic scenes, some exaggerated to comic effect, with asynchronous sound from well known classic, operatic, and rock and roll music - with different approaches to love, suffering, and death.
Piero arrives in Paris from Luino after having won a pool tournament with friends. In the train he meets the famous place Ramazzini and has so many incidents that culminated with his arrest... See full summary »
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 »
Rainer Werner Fassbinder
On a film set there are two things missing, the film material and the director. So the actors and actresses as well as the crew try to make the best out of the situation. When the director ... See full summary »
Rainer Werner Fassbinder
Nada, a beautiful French journalist on assignment in New York, records the life and work of an up and coming punk rock star, Billy. Soon she enters into a volatile relationship with him and... See full summary »
Walter, a German anarchist poet, is short of money after his publisher refuses to give him an advance. He tries various ways of raising money, including shooting one of his mistresses and ... See full summary »
When Hollywood was already producing the first blockbuster classics like Star Wars or Raiders of the Lost Ark in the late seventies and early eighties, German cinemas only saw three kinds of own film productions on their screens - stupid nonsense comedies, successful softsex films like the "Schulmadchenreport" or "Lass jucken Kumpel" series and boring and message-ladden post-1968 "auteur movies". The latter section contained some very good films, though, but most of these sometimes badly-made student films without any scripts and plots were really a big thing amongst German film critics (who were probably the only audience to that).
The pointless "Tag der Idioten" from 1982 is such a movie. The non-story tells us something about a crazy woman who is looking for contact and checks out some new ways of life restlessly, like staying in an asylum, but finally she can't decide and commits suicide. This is basically what it's all about, and the whole apocalyptic view on life, a general topic of those times of left-winged/communist terrorism and the rise of alternative lifestyles all over Europe, becomes increasingly disturbing and boring to the spectators at the same time.
Two persons are worth being mentioned in this connection. Main actress Carole Boquet just starred in this German b-movie a few months after her big role as Bond girl (!) in the James Bond adventure "For Your Eyes Only" with Roger Moore, and script writer Dana Horakova later became the Minister of Culture in the conservative and right-winged city council of Hamburg from 2001-2004. Unbelievable but true!
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