Aero Theatre
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Sat, May 6, 2017
7:30pm
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WORLD THROUGH A LENS: MICHAEL BALLHAUS REMEMBERED
Fassbinder-Ballhaus Double Feature!
THE BITTER TEARS OF PETRA VON KANT / BEWARE OF A HOLY WHORE
Presented by the American Cinematheque with the support of the Goethe-Institut.
35 mm!

THE BITTER TEARS OF PETRA VON KANT
DIE BITTEREN TRÄNEN DER PETRA VON KANT
1972, Janus Films, 124 min, Germany, Dir: Rainer Werner Fassbinder

Successful fashion designer and caustic narcissist Petra von Kant (Margit Carstensen) and her masochistic, sometimes-lover assistant Marlene (Irm Hermann) share a life of rigorous garment designing and brutal emotional manipulation from within Petra’s apartment. When aspiring model Karin Thimm (Hannah Schygulla) enters the situation, the instantly attracted Petra welcomes the supple young thing into her sick dollhouse with open arms. But Karin’s calm, inscrutable gaze belies her ruthless nature, and soon Petra is as much a casualty of obsession as long-suffering Marlene. A masterwork of intoxicating cinematography, THE BITTER TEARS OF PETRA VON KANT is Rainer Werner Fassbinder at his ravaging best. In German with English subtitles.


35 mm!

BEWARE OF A HOLY WHORE
WARNUNG VIR EINER HEILIGEN NUTTE
1971, Janus Films, 103 min, Germany, Dir: Rainer Werner Fassbinder

Semi-autobiographical and supposedly based on his Spanish shoot of WHITY, Fassbinder’s tale of a film set gone wrong is a deliciously absurd satire. When actors and crew (among them Hanna Schygulla, Fassbinder and Eddie Constantine as himself) arrive for a shoot only to realize that the script and director are nowhere to be found, a Waiting for Godot-style escalation of anxieties, jealousies and existential despair takes hold - only to be capped by a ridiculously funny deus ex machina when tyrannical director Jeff (Lou Castel) finally swoops down in a helicopter. In German with English subtitles.


Aero Theatre • Sat, May 6, 2017 • 7:30pm
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