(out of 5)

Imagine a Paul Morrissey movie with German dialogue and good actors and you have this unsuccessfully experimental film by Rainer Werner Fassbinder. A group of friends, lovers and strangers live in a tenement building and show off their hateful xenophobia when a Greek immigrant (played by Fassbinder himself) moves in and his social awkwardness is misinterpreted as criminal behaviour. It’s lazily paced, with seemingly improvised dialogue and simple, static camera angles, but its chic ease doesn’t make it any less dull. Features Fassbinder stalwart Hanna Schygulla at her dewiest.


West Germany, 1969

Directed by

Screenplay by Rainer Werner Fassbinder

Cinematography by Dietrich Lohmann

Produced by Peer Raben

Music by Peer Raben

Film Editing by Rainer Werner Fassbinder


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