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Katzelmacher (1969)


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Jorgos (Rainer Werner Fassbinder) is a Greek immigrant in Germany who encounters the intolerance of the locals against foreign workers. Open hostility turns to violence when he is beaten up by the authoritarian thugs after dating a German woman. Male and female nudity along with hetero and homosexual sex scenes are shown in this searing indictment against prejudice and fascism. This feature took the Prize of International Film Critics at the Mannheim Film Festival in 1969. ~ Dan Pavlides, Rovi

Sep 24, 2002

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I've described the style of the film in some detail because it is so hypnotic and eventually so comic.

May 9, 2005 Full Review Source: New York Times
New York Times
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There's less plot than usual, but the portraiture already seems firmly in place.

November 19, 2002 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
Chicago Reader
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Shot in just over a week and provides the writer-director with a larger collection of personalities to send careening against each other.

September 9, 2013 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
Movie Metropolis

That's what Katzelmacher is: a punishment, via art, leveled at all the ignorant, egotistical racists Fassbinder had known.

September 4, 2013 Full Review Source: The Dissolve
The Dissolve

Fassbinder's second film feels rarely moves, but simmers with a kind of rancid, unnamable anger.

August 21, 2008 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

For those looking to figure out what the hell Fassbinder was all about, this is an excellent starting point.

May 18, 2003 Full Review Source: Not Coming to a Theater Near You
Not Coming to a Theater Near You

There's a blinding nasty truth about the young filmmaker's own generation that he richly exploits...

November 18, 2002 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Overt societal disillusionment with a healthy dose of violently expressed xenophobia. Understood.

November 3, 2002 Full Review Source:

It doesn't reach the level of despair of some of Fassbinder's other works, but the artistry is unquestionable.

September 24, 2002 Full Review Source:

Audience Reviews for Katzelmacher

One of the first of Fassbinder's films, a cynical story that, even if not remarkable, was already an early indication of his talent as a filmmaker - something visible in the curious way he combines the naturalistic style of the Nouvelle Vague with a detached Brechtian mode of acting.
August 7, 2013

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Katzelmacher (or Cat-screwer) highlights the dangers of an unstimulated mind, the power of gossip and the ridiculous, fickle and nasty side of society. For a 23 year old, this is quite an impressive film, Fassbinder is brutally honest and exposes his generations disillusionment, frustrations and unfortunately its xenophobia, it's ignorance and lack of control. Simple but powerful cinema.
January 13, 2011

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