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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
Oct 8, 1969 Wide
Sep 24, 2002
Wellspring Media Inc.
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I've described the style of the film in some detail because it is so hypnotic and eventually so comic.
There's less plot than usual, but the portraiture already seems firmly in place.
Shot in just over a week and provides the writer-director with a larger collection of personalities to send careening against each other.
That's what Katzelmacher is: a punishment, via art, leveled at all the ignorant, egotistical racists Fassbinder had known.
Fassbinder's second film feels rarely moves, but simmers with a kind of rancid, unnamable anger.
For those looking to figure out what the hell Fassbinder was all about, this is an excellent starting point.
There's a blinding nasty truth about the young filmmaker's own generation that he richly exploits...
Overt societal disillusionment with a healthy dose of violently expressed xenophobia. Understood.
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