Die Niklashauser Fart (The Niklashausen Journey) (1970)



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Director Rainer Werner Fassbinder uses a 15th century legend as an allegory to the political situation in late-'60s Germany in The Niklashausen Journey. Combining medieval and contemporary imagery, the story follows Hans Boehm (Michael König), a shepherd who believes the Virgin Mary wants him to start a proletarian revolution. Fassbinder appears as the rebellious instigator the Black Monk. Also starring Hanna Schygulla. ~ Andrea LeVasseur, Rovi


Critic Reviews for Die Niklashauser Fart (The Niklashausen Journey)

All Critics (6) | Top Critics (1)

Amazingly simple editing and sound design -- most scenes are complete in one shot and use only one or two sound effects or just music in addition to the dialogue-- create a minimally realist and hypertheatrical vision of class conflict and potential doom.

Nov 13, 2007 | Full Review…

The story is slight, but every scene sticks with the viewer and drips with meaning.

Aug 28, 2018 | Full Review…

Fassbinder suggests a temporal continuum of thwarted upheaval that can only be addressed (and, thus, confronted) by way of frontal artistic attack.

Nov 13, 2007 | Full Review…

Twisting a German tradition to his own ends, Fassbinder restyles Bohm's martyrdom as a provocateur's call to arms.

Sep 18, 2006 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Strictly for medieval shepherds on the look out for stray sheep.

May 23, 2006 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

a film about absolutely nothing

Nov 22, 2002 | Rating: 1/5

Audience Reviews for Die Niklashauser Fart (The Niklashausen Journey)

Fassbinder chucks religion, philosophy, idealism, and economics in to a pot and lets it cook for 90 minutes. It's crazy but it works.

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