Why Does Herr R. Run Amok?


Film runs
Sat, May 17
Sun, May 18

Why Does Herr R. Run Amok?
Rainer Werner Fassbinder, 1970
West Germany | German with English subtitles | Format: 35mm | 88 minutes

Added screening on Monday, May 19.

Herr R. has a wife and a child to love and keep company, a respectable job as a technical engineer, and a medium-sized apartment with a garden and a TV set to slump in front of: the complete middle-class existence. One night after work, as his wife idly converses with a friend, Herr R. beats both women and his child to death with the base of a candlestick. Fassbinder’s detailing of Herr R.’s empty existence is harrowing and bleakly comic in equal measure, exposing the creaking gears within the seemingly well-oiled mechanics of daily life. Fassbinder called this, perhaps not without some pride, “the most disgusting film I ever made.” He would return to a similar story of explosive rage from a completely different narrative perspective in Mother Küsters Goes to Heaven.

Series: Fassbinder: Romantic Anarchist (Part 1)

Venue: Walter Reade Theater

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