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About The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant

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Not rated
Year Released:
1972
Format:
35mm
Genres:
Drama
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Inspired by the American melodramas of Douglas Sirk, Fassbinder began working in a new, more intensely emotional register. The film balances a realistic depiction of tormented romance with staging that remains true to the director’s roots in experimental theater. This unforgettable, unforgiving dissection of the imbalanced relationship between a haughty fashion designer and a beautiful but icy ingénue—based, in a sly gender reversal, on the writer-director’s own desperate obsession with a young actor—features exquisitely claustrophobic cinematography by Michael Ballhaus and full-throttle performances by an all-female cast. In German with English subtitles.

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