The Ballad of Buster Scruggs
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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.
It doesn't reach the level of despair of some of Fassbinder's other works, but the artistry is unquestionable.
One of Fassbinder's first films is this cynical story that, even though not remarkable, was already an early indication of his talent as a filmmaker - something visible in the way he combines the naturalistic style of the Nouvelle Vague with a detached, Brechtian mode of acting.
Fassbinder is clearly much more comfortable here as he deals with xenophobia and repression.
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