Wolf Gremm – Kamikaze 1989 (1982)


Based on a novel by Per Wahlöö. With
Fassbinder, Günther Kaufmann, Boy Godert.
Gremm directed fellow filmmaker and longtime friend
Fassbinder in what turned out to be his last performance
before his untimely death on June 10,1982.
from imdb:
In the near future where “the combine” controls television
and news, a bomb threat brings super cop Jansen (Fassbinder)
to the combine’s headquarters. Nothing happens, but his boss
gives him four days to solve the hoax. Odd things occur: on
day one there’s a murder at the combine; vague references to
the combine’s enemy, Krysmopompas, appear; the nephew of
the combine’s boss confesses to the bomb threat, although he
didn’t do it. Jansen stays focused, interviewing employees who
received special awards (printed on the paper used for the
bomb threat). Is he onto something big or was the bomb threat
just a prank? And what is this 31st floor rumored hidden in
the 30-story combine headquarters? Continue reading Wolf Gremm – Kamikaze 1989 (1982)

Various – Deutschland im Herbst AKA Germany in Autumn [+Extras] (1978)

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Deutschland im Herbst (Fassbinder & Kluge & Reitz & Schlöndorff & al., 1978)
1h58 min. – 1,35 GB


In 1960s and 70s Germany, as an entire generation of young people sought to orient themselves on different influences and models than their parents’ Nazi-influenced past, disenchantment and social unrest were prevalent. Despite denazification, ex-Nazis held powerful positions in government and business. Ninety-five percent of the Bundestag in the late 60s was controlled by a coalition of the SPD and CDU headed by former Nazi Party member Kurt Georg Kiesinger. Continue reading Various – Deutschland im Herbst AKA Germany in Autumn [+Extras] (1978)

Rainer Werner Fassbinder – Satansbraten AKA Satan’s Brew (1976)


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 relying on the life savings of a woman from the country who is fanatically devoted to him. He also has to contend with his long-suffering wife, his fly-obsessed crazy brother, his other mistress and a police murder investigation.

A Review:

This is my favorite Fassbinder movie and this for several reasons. The most important of these is, that the movie has a rhythmical quality from the beginning to the end. Also there are literally hundreds of remarkable quotes inside. It is black humorous, funny and the overacting is terrific. It is amazing how Fassbinder manages to change the mood radically from scene to scene, how he is playing with emotion, speed and dynamic. Continue reading Rainer Werner Fassbinder – Satansbraten AKA Satan’s Brew (1976)

Rainer Werner Fassbinder – Theater in Trance (1981)


Rainer Werner Fassbinder visits for two weeks the “Theater der Welt” festival 1981 in Cologne. 30 companies showed in over 100 performances their own visions of a new theater. Framed by Fassbinders reading of one of the famoust essays on theater: Antonin Artauds “The Theater and its double”. Continue reading Rainer Werner Fassbinder – Theater in Trance (1981)