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Warum Lauft Herr R. Amok? (Why Does Herr R. Run Amok?)

Warum Lauft Herr R. Amok? (Why Does Herr R. Run Amok?) (1977)

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A technical designer enjoys a comfortable life with his wife and child. He has the approval of his boss and is in good health except for smoking too much according to his doctor. His wife is visited by a girlfriend one Sunday afternoon. The man is bored watching television and grabs a chandelier and kills the conversing women and his child. In a chilling display of nonchalance, he contemplates his own death by hanging in this disturbing feature. This film was the fourth for director Rainer

May 30, 2006

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Fassbinder and Fengler opt to impress upon us a sense of almost unbearable tedium, a strategy so effective that, when drama arrives in the film's closing minutes, the eruption of violence feels like a kind of relief.

May 13, 2014 Full Review Source: Village Voice
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With a sardonic, scalpel-like technique, Rainer Werner Fassbinder and his co-director, Michael Fengler, calmly and gleefully flay the West German version of the American dream.

May 12, 2014 Full Review Source: New Yorker
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A revealing demonstration of how the style of a Fassbinder film becomes its subject.

May 9, 2005 Full Review Source: New York Times
New York Times
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Fassbinder navigates carefully between mockery and empathy, heightening the interior drama with his superior staging.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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provocative film that certainly isn't easy to forget%u2014as long as you patiently sit through its entirety

May 23, 2007 Full Review Source: Old School Reviews
Old School Reviews

Mysterious, mesmerizing.

September 23, 2006 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

A dark and bitter work that is difficult for some viewers and fascinating for others.

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

Works as caustic anti-theater theater.

May 24, 2006 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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'Its condemnation of the acceptance of life as determined by societal convention is so strongly felt that the extremity of the finale is...as encouraging as it is disturbing.'

July 18, 2004

Audience Reviews for Warum Lauft Herr R. Amok? (Why Does Herr R. Run Amok?)

early fassbinder, very disturbing and dare i say influential. maybe where haneke and von trier got started. great performance by kurt raabe as herr r.
September 14, 2012
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