Fassbinder: Romantic Anarchist (Part 1)
May 16 - June 1
One of the most prolific and influential European filmmakers of the second half of the 20th century, Rainer Werner Fassbinder completed nearly 40 feature-length films between 1969 and 1982 (the year he died at age 37) and left behind one of the most cohesive and provocative bodies of work in the history of cinema. In his many melodramas, gangster movies, literary adaptations, and even sci-fi films, he returned obsessively to themes of love, crime, labor, and social and emotional exploitation. He was similarly fixated on his beloved performers, many of whom—Hanna Schygulla, El Hedi ben Salem, Ulli Lommel, and countless others—comprised a repertory company whose fierce, complicated devotion to their visionary leader defies comparison. Our extensive two-part retrospective—the largest in New York City in over a decade—includes all of Fassbinder’s theatrical movies and many of his television films, along with several works connected with his eternally relevant artistry. Mark your calendars for Part 2 in November.
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