The Bitter Tears Of Petra Von Kant (1972)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5

Original title:  Die Bitteren Tranen Der Petra von Kant

West Germany, 1972.  , .  Screenplay by Rainer Werner Fassbinder, based on his play.  Cinematography by .  Produced by Rainer Werner Fassbinder, .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  

Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s incredible career of 43 films in sixteen years includes this memorable, talky, dry but stylish drama that was shot in ten days and all takes place in one room. is terrific as the title character, a supervixen fashion designer who is introduced to the lovely by a friend and immediately falls in love. When Schygulla leaves her for an American soldier, our heroine descends into an obsessive madness that alienates her from her mother, daughter and much-abused assistant (an iconic ). Great costumes and gorgeous cinematography by Michael Ballhaus, but it’s mostly a film about posing in mad stances and doesn’t have much substance.

The Criterion Collection:  #740

Berlin Film Festival: In Competition


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