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TALK RW FASSBINDER @BFI 17 MON 1 MAY SAT 6 MAY 17:45 NFT2 20:45 NFT2 TUE 2 MAY* SUN 7 MAY 18:00 NFT2 20:40 NFT2 Mother Küsters Goes to Heaven Mutter Küsters’ Fahrt zum Himmel W Germany 1975. Dir Rainer Werner Fassbinder. With Brigitte Mira, Karlheinz Böhm, Margit Carstensen. 113min. Digital. EST. 12A Emma Küsters (Mira) is hounded by the press when her factory-worker husband goes murderously berserk after learning of impending mass redundancies. Lonely, traumatised and desperate to clear her husband’s name, she is easy prey for a suave communist couple who offer their support. Fassbinder lashes out in every direction in this fearless critique of a pervasively exploitative society. Fassbinder: Television Pioneer From ambitious series like Berlin Alexanderplatz to TV-movie melodramas, Fassbinder embraced television as a medium and a platform. In this talk, film scholar Mattias Frey (University of Kent) explores how Fassbinder exploited TV’s artistic potential, how the funding it offered made his career possible (he would surely be making Netflix series today), and how he seized upon TV as a way of communicating provocative ideas to a mass audience, in their own homes. Tickets £6 Fear of Fear Angst vor der Angst + intro from Dr Mattias Frey (University of Kent)* W Germany 1975. Dir Rainer Werner Fassbinder. With Margit Carstensen, Ulrich Faulhaber, Brigitte Mira. 88min. 35mm. EST. 15 Overwhelmed by anxiety, a middle- class wife and mother (Carstensen) tries alcohol, Valium and listening to Leonard Cohen, but nothing seems to help – least of all the interfering in-laws who accuse her of not being ‘normal’. With echoes of Rosemary’s Baby and The Stepford Wives, this disturbing account of one woman’s struggle to conform deserves to be much better known. TUE 2 MAY 20:30 LIBRARY INTRO


BFI SB Guide May Page Turner
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