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The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant


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Official Release Date Jan 13, 2015
Starring Margit Carstensen, Hanna Schygulla, Irm Hermann, Katrin Schaake, Eva Mattes
Director Rainer Werner Fassbinder
Screen Format Widescreen
Video Format 1.37:1
Audio LPCM Mono
Language German
Subtitles English
Year 1972
Running Time 124 Minutes
Genre Drama
Version  US
PAX-Code PAX0006626022
Item Code  0715515135511

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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 of 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 and full-throttle performances by an all-female cast.

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