Pioniere in Ingolstadt

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Rainer Werner Fassbinder (1946-82) made over 30 films in his short career. This film, adapted from the 1920s play by Marieluise Fleisser, is his homage to playwright Bertolt Brecht. Here, as in Brecht's plays, the situation of the characters in the story mirrors their overall society, and serves to highlight criticisms of that society. The "recruits," or "pioneers," were the German equivalent of Roosevelt's WPA (Works Progress Association) men -- in this case, soldiers put to work building public projects. Socially, they are of lower status than the Feldwebel (the noncommissioned officers who lead them). The film shows them at work and at play -- play consisting mostly of "quickies" in the park with willing local girls, or sex with prostitutes when they can afford them. Discussions of their boredom and their status in society occupy the rest of their time.


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