The American Soldier (Der amerikanische Soldat) (1976)
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Critic Reviews for The American Soldier (Der amerikanische Soldat)
This film marks a decisive step towards 'real' Fassbinder: the absurdity of its world of second-hand experience invests every cliché with a meaning it never had before.
This is Fassbinder before he froze up as a Douglas Sirk impersonator: a real punk movie, full of wonderfully half-baked ideas.
Fassbinder loses both comedy and tension in his pursuit of grotesquerie, and there is a desperate sense of strain throughout.
Fassbinder toys with the imagery of noir and pulp, peppering The American Soldier with long scenes of men in hats driving through darkened city streets, and throwing in references to Batman comics and science-fiction.
Audience Reviews for The American Soldier (Der amerikanische Soldat)
You can see how Fassbinder is evolving as a film maker, but his gangster films aren't as strong as his xenophobic work.
The first Fassbinder film I really got into and it's obviously he was coming into as one of the best fillmmakers of all-time.
Not like any film-noir you've ever seen, but that was Fassbinder's goal. It's meant to distance and detach, and it worked more on an intellectual level than most noirs made in the modern age. I can't say I'd ever want to watch it again, but for what it was worth it intrigued me from start to finish with its cool style and look and performances.
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