Wednesday, 18 August
Satansbraten (outdoor screening, weather permitting)
OUTDOOR SCREENING * SATANSBRATEN * 1976 * (Satan's Brew) * Directed by Rainer Werner Fassbinder * 112 minutes * In German with English subtitles
Certainly one of German director Rainer Werner Fassbinder's most hysterical and anarchic films, this twisted black comedy follows the story of a once famous revolutionary poet Walter Kranz (Kurt Raab) who has gotten writer's block for the last several years. Since no money is coming in, he has fallen into destitution; even his furniture is being impounded. He has no choice any longer, he has to start writing something once again, no matter what. But once he has finally completed a new poem, he soon discoverers it is a poem that was actually written by a 19th century homosexual poet called Stefan George, one of the spiritual influences of Nazism. He also discovers that his new extreme-right poetry makes far more money than his previous extreme-left poetry ever did. From this point on, the movie becomes madder and madder, and spirals totally out of control.
What some have described as Fassbinder's only comedy isn't a light one, but is closer to Antonin Artaud's "theater of cruelty", a very black screwball comedy where Fassbinder doesn't seem to be directing his troupe of actors, but rather whipping them into a frenzy and letting them go. This film is a perfect example of depicting Germany in the throes of an identity crisis. One of the most exhilarating, humorous, unhinged, and exhausting movies in Fassbinder's spellbinding career. It is also one of the favorite films of Hungarian director Bela Tarr.
Doors open at 21:00 * You can make a reservation here: info-amsterdam (a) goethe.de * Free entrance
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