• Rainer Werner Fassbinder
  • West Germany
  • 1969
  • 88'
  • Katzelmacher

Fassbinder’s second feature depicts the intolerance of a circle of financially and sexually frustrated friends when an immigrant laborer moves to their Munich neighborhood, exposing latent currents of bourgeois fascism. This Greek newcomer, played with impish deadpan innocence by the director himself, becomes an object of cautious curiosity and the inevitable catalyst for their group’s previously suppressed internal conflict. Titled for a Bavarian slang pejorative for foreign worker, this scalpel-sharp experiment is a stark black-and-white depiction of a world where boredom feeds self-hatred and violence.

Subtitles: HR

Rainer Werner Fassbinder

New German Cinema renegade directed more than 40 films before his death at age 37 in 1982. With cutting irony and profound empathy, Fassbinder exposed the moral hypocrisy of German society in films and TV series such as The Bitter Tears of Petra Von Kant (1972), The Marriage of Maria Braun (1978), Berlin Alexanderplatz, Querelle (1982), etc.


Rainer Werner Fassbinder
Rainer Werner Fassbinder
Hanna Schygulla, Lilith Ungerer, Elga Sorbas, Doris Mattes, Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Rudolf Waldemar Brem, Hans Hirschmüller, Harry Baer
Dietrich Lohmann
Rainer Werner Fassbinder (as Franz Walsch)
Antiteater-X-Film GmbH (Feldkirchen)
Festivals & Awards
Mannheim-Heidelberg Int'l Filmfestival 1969 – Interfilm Award; German Film Awards 1970 – Best Feature (ex aequo), Best Director, Best Perfomance by an Ensamble, Best Screenplay, Best DOP; German Film Critics’ Awards 1970 – Best Film; Karlovy Vary Int'l Film Festival 1970

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