Womanizing writer Walter (Kurt Raab) lives with his nutjob brother Ernst (Volker Spengler), who has a sexual proclivity for houseflies, and juggles drama with both his mistress and wife. Upon becoming obsessed with the work of a 19th-century gay poet, Walter imagines himself as the author’s reincarnation. Aggressively heterosexual, Walter tries to become gay for the full reincarnation to take effect, hiring a slew of handsome young men in togas to be his groupies. Fassbinder’s devilish humor is in full force in this hilarious soap opera, arguably the most flat-out comedy of his career. In German with English subtitles.
Margit Carstensen (THE BITTER TEARS OF PETRA VON KANT) is spell-binding as housewife Margot Staudte, whose staid, middle-class existence descends into inexorable madness with her second pregnancy. Fassbinder is in his element here with this deeply riveting psychological portrait. Originally made for television, the film is as radically, ecstatically far from a “TV movie” as can be. In German with English subtitles.
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