The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant

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Film runs Fri, May 23 through Sun, May 25.

The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant
Rainer Werner Fassbinder, 1972
West Germany | German with English subtitles | Format: 35mm | 124 minutes

High camp and claustrophobia abound equally in the hermetic rooms where fashion designer Petra von Kant (Margit Carstensen), her model flavor-of-the-week (Hanna Schygulla), and a faithful, longtime love slave (Katrin Schaake) enact the cruel cat-and-mouse games that comprise the plot of this chamber psychodrama. With perhaps the richest and most allusive mise en scène in Fassbinder’s oeuvre—impenetrable spaces in which ornate tapestries, white mannequins, and ’50s pop hits intermingle—The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant amounts to its director’s ultimate thesis on the essentially vampiric and selfish nature of love. In the words of Manny Farber: "Fassbinder’s intense shadowless image is not like anyone else’s."

Series: Fassbinder: Romantic Anarchist (Part 1)

Venue: Walter Reade Theater

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