Warum Lauft Herr R. Amok? (Why Does Herr R. Run Amok?) (1977)

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A technical designer enjoys a comfortable life with his wife and child. He has the approval of his boss and is in good health except for smoking too much according to his doctor. His wife is visited by a girlfriend one Sunday afternoon. The man is bored watching television and grabs a chandelier and kills the conversing women and his child. In a chilling display of nonchalance, he contemplates his own death by hanging in this disturbing feature. This film was the fourth for director Rainer Werner Fassbinder. ~ Dan Pavlides, Rovi

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Critic Reviews for Warum Lauft Herr R. Amok? (Why Does Herr R. Run Amok?)

All Critics (10) | Top Critics (4)

Fassbinder and Fengler opt to impress upon us a sense of almost unbearable tedium, a strategy so effective that, when drama arrives in the film's closing minutes, the eruption of violence feels like a kind of relief.

May 13, 2014 | Full Review…

With a sardonic, scalpel-like technique, Rainer Werner Fassbinder and his co-director, Michael Fengler, calmly and gleefully flay the West German version of the American dream.

May 12, 2014 | Full Review…

A revealing demonstration of how the style of a Fassbinder film becomes its subject.

May 9, 2005 | Rating: 4/5

Fassbinder navigates carefully between mockery and empathy, heightening the interior drama with his superior staging.

Jan 1, 2000 | Full Review…

provocative film that certainly isn't easy to forget%u2014as long as you patiently sit through its entirety

May 23, 2007 | Rating: B | Full Review…

Mysterious, mesmerizing.

Sep 23, 2006 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Warum Lauft Herr R. Amok? (Why Does Herr R. Run Amok?)

early fassbinder, very disturbing and dare i say influential. maybe where haneke and von trier got started. great performance by kurt raabe as herr r.

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