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RW FASSBINDER 19 FRI 12 MAY TUE 16 MAY 18:10 NFT3 20:30 NFT3 SAT 6 MAY THU 11 MAY 18:15 NFT2 20:40 NFT2 FRI 12 MAY MON 15 MAY SUN 28 MAY 20:45 NFT3 20:30 NFT3 20:20 NFT1 Germany in Autumn Deutschland im Herbst W Germany 1978. Dirs Alexander Kluge, Edgar Reitz, Volker Schlöndorff, Rainer Werner Fassbinder and others. With Fassbinder, Hannelore Hoger, Angela Winkler. 134min. Digital 4K. 15. EST This portmanteau film was the collective response of leading German filmmakers to the dramatic terrorist crisis of autumn 1977. In a provocative slice of fictional autobiography, Fassbinder expresses scepticism concerning the Baader- Meinhof ‘suicides’ in Stammheim prison. Distraught and aggressive, he argues that free speech is under threat, while berating both his lover and his mother for their reactionary views. Despair Despair – Eine Reise ins Licht W Germany 1978. Dir Rainer Werner Fassbinder. With Dirk Bogarde, Andréa Ferréol, Volker Spengler. 119min. Digital. 15 Fassbinder’s first film in English was brilliantly adapted by Tom Stoppard from Vladimir Nabokov’s novel set in 1930s Berlin. With his business about to fail, Hermann Hermann (Bogarde), an exiled Russian chocolate manufacturer, encounters his double and plans the perfect crime. Hypnotically watchable, Bogarde does exquisite justice to the sparkling dialogue, endowing Hermann with complex interior life. Bolwieser (aka The Stationmaster’s Wife) W Germany 1977. Dir Rainer Werner Fassbinder. With Elisabeth Trissenaar, Kurt Raab, Bernhard Helfrich. 112min. 35mm. EST This adaptation of a novel by Oskar Maria Graf evokes the hypocritical atmosphere of a small Bavarian town where Nazism is on the rise. Bolwieser (Raab), the local stationmaster, is besotted with his sexy, enigmatic wife (Trissenaar) until nasty gossip threatens to shatter his illusions. A tour de force of visual eloquence, with striking performances from the two leads. @BFI


BFI SB Guide May Page Turner
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