The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant

Showings

Coral Gables Art Cinema Fri, Sep 16 5:45 PM
Coral Gables Art Cinema Sun, Sep 18 3:45 PM
Coral Gables Art Cinema Thu, Sep 22 5:00 PM
Film Info
Country:Germany
Release Year:1972
Runtime:124
Director:Rainer Werner Fassbinder
Language:German

Description

50th ANNIVERSARY / NEW 4K RESTORATION

In the early 1970s, Rainer Werner Fassbinder discovered the American melodramas of Douglas Sirk and was inspired by them to begin working in a new, more intensely emotional register. One of the first and best-loved films from this period in his career is The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant, which balances a realistic depiction of tormented romance with staging that remains true to the director's roots in experimental theater. This unforgettable, unforgiving dissection of the imbalanced relationship between a haughty fashion designer (Margit Carstensen) and a beautiful but icy ingenue (Hanna Schygulla)—based, in a sly gender reversal, on the writer-director's own desperate obsession with a young actor—is a true Fassbinder affair, featuring exquisitely claustrophobic cinematography by Michael Ballhaus who supervised this restoration, and full-throttle performances by an all-female cast.