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
R (adult situations/language, nudity, sex, violence)
Art House & International , Drama
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Irm Hermann
as Elisabeth
Harry Baer
as Franz
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Critic Reviews for Katzelmacher

All Critics (10) | Top Critics (2)

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Full Review… | June 23, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | May 8, 2005
New York Times
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | November 19, 2002
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | September 8, 2013
Movie Metropolis

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

Full Review… | September 4, 2013
The Dissolve

Fueled on equal parts inspiration, naïveté, and sheer creativity, the early films of Rainer Werner Fassbinder evidence a filmmaker with an appropriationist's eye who nevertheless has larger sociological concerns on his mind.

Full Review… | August 26, 2013
Slant Magazine

Audience Reviews for Katzelmacher

One of the first of Fassbinder's films, a cynical story that, even if not remarkable, was already an early indication of his talent as a filmmaker - something visible in the way that 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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Fassbinder's 2nd film is dull and very much an art film but his choice of minimalist style and aimless characters pre dates Jim Jarmusch and the New York underground film scene by 10 years.

Greg Beck
Greg Beck

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