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The American Soldier (Der amerikanische Soldat)

The American Soldier (Der amerikanische Soldat) (1976)

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American Soldier (originally Der Amerikanische Soldat) was the third of Rainer Werner Fassbinder's "gangster trilogy." The film stars Karl Scheid as a German/American Vietnam veteran who takes a job as a hired assassin on behalf of the Munich crime lords. Scheid works both sides of the fence when three policemen engage him to knock off some awkward malcontents. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Nov 19, 2002

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The film has a languorous, dreamlike pace, a feeling of slow motion.

May 9, 2005 Full Review Source: New York Times
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This is Fassbinder before he froze up as a Douglas Sirk impersonator: a real punk movie, full of wonderfully half-baked ideas.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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Fassbinder toys with the imagery of noir and pulp, peppering The American Soldier with long scenes of men in hats driving through darkened city streets, and throwing in references to Batman comics and science-fiction.

September 4, 2013 Full Review Source: The Dissolve
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The phantoms of Old Germany are everywhere

October 10, 2009 Full Review Source: CinePassion
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As Billy Wilder turned a crumbling Berlin into a slapstick, satirical playground in One, Two, Three, so Fassbinder offers up The American Soldier's Munich as a monochrome city of sadness.

January 28, 2009 Full Review Source: House Next Door
House Next Door

It is not as strong or as developed as his later masterpieces, but it is well worth seeing.

September 18, 2006 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

It's a strange film noir, but its unyielding manic mood, unpredictability and boldness cover up some of its incomprehensible moments.

April 4, 2006 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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doesn't really fit the Fassbinder oeuvre

November 24, 2002 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com
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Audience Reviews for The American Soldier (Der amerikanische Soldat)

The American Soldier is probably the most visually impressive of Fassbinder's early films. The opening credits of Gods of the Plague are the coolest opening credits I've ever seen and here, he's taken the same technique and made a whole film in the same style. The end 'Showdown' scene is just as good as Clint Eastwood's A fist full of Dollars 'Show-down' or Battleship Potemkin's famous pram on the stairs scene. Absolutely mesmerising. Much like his other early films, this is terribly underrated and sparsely seen, do yourself a favour and check out Fassbinder's work!
February 7, 2011
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  • El soldado americano (ES)
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