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Rainer Werner Fassbinder
Fox and His Friends & Chinese Roulette | Blu Ray | (18/07/2016)
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Few filmmakers have enjoyed a decade quite so diverse or quite so prolific as Rainer Werner Fassbinder did during the seventies. Amid the likes of The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant and Fear Eats the Soul, it's easy to forget some of the lesser-known and more singular works, two of which are presented here. Fox and His Friends is among the director's most personal works and the first to tackle homosexuality in a direct manner. Fassbinder himself plays Fox, a sweet working class soul whose relationship with wealthy industrialist Eugen, he discovers, is based almost wholly on his unexpected lottery win. When his money runs out, so does any affection, with tragic consequences. Chinese Roulette, set in an isolated house during a weekend break, is like Agatha Christie's And Then There Were None without the murders a tense psychodrama in which infidelities are revealed and families breakdown. At its centre is nouvelle vague icon Anna Karina, a rare outsider alongside the familiar Fassbinder faces.
The Early Works of Rainer Werner Fassbinder Blu-ray | Blu Ray | (15/08/2016)
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The Early Works of Rainer Werner Fassbinder brings together all of the German director's surviving works from the 1960s plus a documentary portrait examining his earliest days as a filmmaker. In the two short films, The City Tramp and The Little Chaos (heavily influenced by Jean-Luc Godard's Bande Ã part), we find Fassbinder in search of an identity. In the two features, Love is Colder Than Death and Katzelmacher, he begins to discover it. Dedicated to Claude Chabrol, Ã?ric Rohmer, Jean-Marie Straub and the main characters from Spaghetti Western A Bullet for the General, Love is Colder Than Death is a playful crime picture, heavily indebted to the nouvelle vague. Katzelmacher is more in line with Fassbinder's stage efforts, a character study and mini-melodrama in which the dynamic between a group of friends is radically altered by the arrival of an immigrant worker. SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS ¢ Brand new 4K restoration of the films from original camera negatives ¢ High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentations ¢ Original uncompressed PCM mono audio ¢ Optional English subtitles ¢ Two early short films by Rainer Werner Fassbinder from 1966, The Little Chaos and The City Tramp ¢ Newly-filmed interview with actor Ulli Lommel on Love is Colder Than Death ¢ End of the Commune?, Joachim von Mengershausen's 1970 documentary portrait of Fassbinder and his troupe including rare footage of his actors rehearsing and Love is Colder Than Death's premiere at the 1969 Berlin Film Festival ¢ Original theatrical trailer for Katzelmacher
Tenderness of the Wolves Dual Format | Blu Ray | (02/11/2015)
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Fritz Haarmann, aka the Butcher of Hanover and the Vampire of Hanover, was a German serial killer responsible for the murders of two dozen boys and young men during the so-called ?years of crisis' between the wars. His case would partly inspire Fritz Lang's M, and its central character portrayed by Peter Lorre, as well as this forgotten gem from 1973. Tenderness of the Wolves treats the viewer to a few weeks in the company of a killer. Baby-faced and shaven-headed, in a manner that recalls both M and F.W. Murnau's Nosferatu, Haarmann is a fascinating, repulsive figure. Using his status as a police informant to procure his victims, he dismembers their bodies after death and sells the flesh to restaurants, dumping the remainder out of sight. This isn't an easy film to watch, but it certainly gets under the skin Produced by Rainer Werner Fassbinder (who also supplies a shifty cameo), Tenderness of the Wolves provided two of his regular actors with a means of expanding their careers. Ulli Lommel later responsible for the infamous video nasty The Boogeyman made his directorial debut, while Kurt Raab wrote the screenplay as well as delivering an astonishing performance as Haarmann.
Fear Eats The Soul | DVD | (07/08/2006)
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Rainer Werner Fassbinder already the director of almost twenty films by the age of twenty-nine paid homage to his cinematic hero Douglas Sirk with this updated version of Sirk's All That Heaven Allows. Lonely widow Emmi Kurowsky (Brigitte Mira) meets Arab worker Ali (El Hedi ben Salem) in a bar during a rainstorm. They fall in love - to their own surprise - and to the shock of family colleagues and drinking buddies. Fassbinder expertly uses the emotional power of the melodrama to underscore the racial tensions threatening German culture at the time.
Wim Wenders Collection | DVD | (26/03/2007)
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Best known for such international hits as Wings Of Desire Paris Texas and the Oscar-nominated Buena Vista Social Club Wim Wenders remains one of the most unique and important directors in the world today. In these 10 acclaimed feature films and documentaries - including several available for the first time ever on DVD in the UK - Wenders explores potent themes of mortality and identity fashion and cinema ideology and redemption with a passion and vision all his own.