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


Critic Reviews for Katzelmacher

All Critics (10) | Top Critics (2)

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

May 9, 2005 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

There's less plot than usual, but the portraiture already seems firmly in place.

Nov 19, 2002 | Full Review…

Shot in just over a week and provides the writer-director with a larger collection of personalities to send careening against each other.

Sep 9, 2013 | Rating: 9/10 | Full Review…

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

Sep 4, 2013 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

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

Aug 21, 2008 | Full Review…

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

May 18, 2003 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Katzelmacher

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.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

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Fassbinder is clearly much more comfortable here as he deals with xenophobia and repression.

Marcus Woolcott
Marcus Woolcott

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