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Rainer Werner Fassbinder

  • Querelle [Blu-ray] Querelle | Blu Ray | (10/03/2014) from £8.65  |  Saving you £11.34 (56.70%)  |  RRP £19.99

    The final film of acclaimed director Rainer Werner Fassbinder. The story of a sailor named Querelle (Brad Davis) who turns on his drug-smuggling partner and murders him. He then goes to a notorious brothel run by the rapacious Lysiane (Jeanne Moreau) who leads Querelle into his first homosexual encounter. Subsequently he falls in love with a fellow murderer Gil (Hanno Poschl). Partly because his love for Gil panics him and partly so that he can keep Gil all to himself.

  • Fear Eats The Soul Blu-Ray [DVD] Fear Eats The Soul Blu-Ray | Blu Ray | (28/03/2016) from £10.99  |  Saving you £7.00 (38.90%)  |  RRP £17.99

    In March 1974 Rainer Werner Fassbinder released what would become arguably his most loved work. Fresh from the Cannes Film Festival, where it had earned its director two prizes, Fear Eats the Soul would soon delight audiences the world over with its tale of romance and racial prejudice in present-day Munich. Emmi (Brigitte Mira), a widowed cleaning lady in her sixties, meets Ali (El Hedi ben Salem), a Moroccan immigrant in his thirties. Seeking companionship, the pair marry to the outrage Emmi's family (including Fassbinder himself as her aggressive son-in-law), her friends and her colleagues. Paying homage to the classic melodramas of Douglas Sirk, in particular All That Heaven Allows, Fear Eats the Soul is a beautifully performed look at intolerance and hypocrisy, and a key film for both Fassbinder and the New German Cinema. SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS Brand new 4K restoration from original camera negatives High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation Original uncompressed PCM mono audio Optional English subtitles Audio commentary by critic and lecturer Mark Freeman My Name is Not Ali, Viola Shafik's 2011 feature-length documentary on the life and death of El Hedi ben Salem, star of Fear Eats the Soul Newly-filmed interviews with director of photography Jürgen Jürges Theatrical trailer

  • The Marriage of Maria Braun Blu-ray The Marriage of Maria Braun Blu-ray | Blu Ray | (04/04/2016) from £10.99  |  Saving you £7.00 (38.90%)  |  RRP £17.99

    Rainer Werner Fassbinder's penultimate film of the seventies was also his most successful. Popular with audiences and critics alike, among them Roger Ebert and François Truffaut, The Marriage of Maria Braun finally provided its director with the international breakthrough he had craved for so long. Maria Braun marries a young soldier amid the Allied bombing raids of World World II the day before he must return to the Russian front. Awaiting his return in 1945, she is informed of his death and must endure and navigate the post-war years alone. Mirroring the German Wirtschaftswunder (?economic miracle'), she determinedly rises to prosperity as a self-made woman. Centred on an astonishing performance from Fassbinder regular Hanna Schygulla in the lead role, The Marriage of Maria Braun took over four million Deutschmarks in its home country and made over a million dollars in the US. Such success proved influential too without it we would likely never have seen Helma Sanders-Brahms's Germany, Pale Mother or Edgar Reitz's epic Heimat. Special Edition Features: Brand new 4K restoration from original camera negatives High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation Original uncompressed PCM mono audio Optional English subtitles Life, Love & Celluloid, a 1998 feature-length documentary on Fassbinder, written and directed by his regular editor, Juliane Lorenz Rainer Werner Fassbinder, 1977, a candid 30-minute interview with the director The Fassbinder Family, an all-new featurette detailing the actors who worked with Fassbinder time and again throughout his career

  • The R. W. Fassbinder Collection - 1969-1972 The R. W. Fassbinder Collection - 1969-1972 | DVD | (05/11/2007) from £12.85  |  Saving you £47.14 (78.60%)  |  RRP £59.99

    Titles Comprise: 1. Love Is Colder Than Death (1969) 2. Katzelmacher (1969) 3. Gods of the Plague (1970) 4. The American Soldier (1970) 5. The Niklashausen Journey (1970) 6. Rio das Mortes (1971) 7. Beware of a Holy Whore (1971) 8. The Merchant of Four Seasons (1972) 9. The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant (1972)

  • Fox and His Friends & Chinese Roulette [Blu-ray] Fox and His Friends & Chinese Roulette | Blu Ray | (18/07/2016) from £10.99  |  Saving you £7.00 (38.90%)  |  RRP £17.99

    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.

  • Lola [Blu-ray] Lola | Blu Ray | (03/07/2017) from £11.48  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £N/A

    Set in a small West German town in 1957, where, with the help of the Economic Miracle, a booming economy is generating a new sense of optimism. In the town brothel, Villa Fink, Lola (Barbara Sukowa), a young high-class prostitute with a zest for life, is the star of the show. Her favourite client is the influential developer Schuckert (Mario Adorf), who enjoys spending time at Villa Fink with city officials important to his construction business. When Von Bohm (Armin Mueller-Stahl), an upright, energetic building commissioner with a liberal, social-democratic outlook, arrives in the town, he falls in love with Lola without being aware where she works by night. Although he is shocked when he learns of her true identity, he nevertheless marries her to the satisfaction of all concerned. Ultimately neither Lola, Von Bohm nor Schuckert are really concerned with what has happened in the past or the morality of their decisions the main thing is that they get what they want. Fassbinder himself said in 1980 that THE MARRIAGE OF MARIA BRAUN and LOLA are films about the country as it is today. To understand the present, what a country has and will become, one needs to understand the whole story. The BRD Trilogy, which also includes VERONIKA VOSS, represents RWF's attempt to create an overall picture of West Germany at the time, its double moral standards, and the hazards and dangers these implied.

  • The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant Blu-ray The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant Blu-ray | Blu Ray | (04/04/2016) from £10.08  |  Saving you £7.91 (44.00%)  |  RRP £17.99

    Originally written and produced as a stage play, in transferring The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant to the big screen Rainer Werner Fassbinder created another masterpiece to rank alongside a string of cinematic classics. Petra von Kant, with two marriages behind her and an absent daughter, is a successful fashion designer. She lives with her secretary, the repressed and subservient Marlene, who will form the second point in a tragic ménage à trois when Petra meets and falls hopelessly in love with a confident young model named Karin. Harking back to the women's pictures of Hollywood's yesteryear, The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant is a magnificent showcase for Fassbinder's female stars. Margit Carstensen (as Petra), Irm Hermann (as Marlene) and Hanna Schygulla (as Karin) deliver outstanding performances, three of the finest the cinema has ever seen. Special Edition Content: Brand new 4K restoration from original camera negatives High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation Original uncompressed PCM mono audio Optional English subtitles Commentary by filmmaker and lecturer Diane Charleson Life Stories: A Conversation with R.W. Fassbinder, a 50-minute interview with the director conducted for German television in 1978 Role-Play: Women on Fassbinder, a 1992 documentary containing interviews with four of the director's leading ladies, Margit Carstensen, Irm Hermann, Hanna Schygulla and Rosel Zech

  • The Bitter Tears Of Petra Von Kant [1972] The Bitter Tears Of Petra Von Kant | DVD | (07/08/2006) from £3.81  |  Saving you £21.18 (84.80%)  |  RRP £24.99

    Sex is the ultimate weapon. Petra von Kant is a successful fashion designer - arrogant caustic and self-satisfied. She mistreats Marlene (her secretary maid and co-designer). Enter Karin a 23-year-old beauty who wants to be a model. Petra falls in love with Karin and invites her to move in. The rest of the film deals with the emotions of this affair and its aftermath. Fassbinder tells his story in a series of 5 or 6 long scenes with extended uses of a single camera shot and deep focus.

  • Berlin Alexanderplatz [1980] Berlin Alexanderplatz | DVD | (22/10/2007) from £28.99  |  Saving you £26.00 (47.30%)  |  RRP £54.99

    Franz Biberkopf is an unforgettable man: his tender good natured side contradicted by moments of shocking violence. Released from prison following a four year sentence for the manslaughter of his girlfriend he plans to make a new start and a decent life for himself. But a chaotic decadent Berlin of the 20s is not the easiest place for an ex-con to go straight and work is hard to come by. When Franz becomes fascinated by Reinhold a psychotic small-time crook he is soon drawn back into a world he cannot escape. Fassbinders staggering 15 1/2 hour epic is a monument of late 20th-century filmmaking and considered to be the directors masterpiece. Following a massive restoration project overseen by the original editor it is now available for the first time on DVD.

  • The Early Works of Rainer Werner Fassbinder Blu-ray The Early Works of Rainer Werner Fassbinder Blu-ray | Blu Ray | (15/08/2016) from £10.99  |  Saving you £7.00 (38.90%)  |  RRP £17.99

    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 à 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

  • The Merchant of Four Seasons + Beware of a Holy Whore Blu-ray The Merchant of Four Seasons + Beware of a Holy Whore Blu-ray | Blu Ray | (28/03/2016) from £10.99  |  Saving you £7.00 (38.90%)  |  RRP £17.99

    Made in quick succession in 1970 and 1971, Beware of a Holy Whore and The Merchant of Four Seasons represent a key stage in the career of Rainer Werner Fassbinder, the point at which he matured as a filmmaker and first began to attract an international audience. A fictional recounting of the making of Whity, Fassbinder's take on the American West, Beware of a Holy Whore is a backstage melodrama set in a Spanish seaside hotel. Starring Lou Castel (Requiescant) as the director and Eddie Constantine (Alphaville) as himself, the film is an intriguing and often acidic look through the mirror at Fassbinder and his ?family' of cast and crew. The Merchant of Four Seasons concerns itself with Hans, a fruit seller, former Foreign Legionnaire and family man. Inspired by the discovery of Douglas Sirk's work and set, like those classic melodramas, in the 1950s Fassbinder charts Hans' downfall with a perfect blend of poignancy and high drama. The Sirkian formula worked so well it would inspire a new phase in the director's output and produce such classics as The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant and Fear Eats the Soul. Special Features: Brand new 4K restorations of the films from original camera negatives High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentations Original uncompressed PCM mono audio Optional English subtitles Audio commentary on The Merchant of Four Seasons by critics Alexandra Heller-Nicholas and Christian McCrea Audio commentary on Beware of a Holy Whore by Adrian Martin Newly-filmed interview with actor Lou Castel on Beware of a Holy Whore Beware of a Holy Whore theatrical trailer

  • I Only Want You To Love Me [DVD] I Only Want You To Love Me | DVD | (23/04/2012) from £6.55  |  Saving you £9.44 (59.00%)  |  RRP £15.99

    I Only Want You To Love Me (Ich will doch nur, da ihr mich liebt) ‘The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation.’ Henry David ThoreauConstruction worker Peter recounts his sorry tale from prison. Kind and hard working he builds his parents a house. They reciprocate with emotional abuse. He goes to Munich to work, bringing his wife who is soon pregnant. He works hard, they buy things on credit. He tries to fill the emotional void with material goods but his spending habits lead him into a spiral of debt and pressures mount. Finally he snaps. Made for German television in 1976, during a pause from filming feature Satan’s Brew, I Only Want You To Love Me is based on a true account taken from For Life (Lebenslaenglich), a book of interviews edited by Klaus Antes and Christiane Erhardt. Made when Fassbinder was going through a professional crisis I Only Want You To Love Me is a very personal reflection of his own childhood and adolescence. Extras: Documentary ‘Of Love and Constraints’ (60 minutes) Image Gallery

  • World On A Wire [DVD] [1973] World On A Wire | DVD | (17/05/2010) from £6.69  |  Saving you £13.30 (66.50%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Simulacron 1 is a highly advanced project designed to elevate conventional computer technology to a new level by creating a virtual reality inhabited by computer-generated people or 'identity units'. When the head of the project dies mysteriously after showing signs of mental disturbance Dr Stiller becomes his successor. However Stiller also begins to behave bizarrely. He speaks of people disappearing whom no one else knows belives someone is trying to murder him and has nausea attacks. As he begins to probe deeper into Simulacron the line between the real and virtual world becomes increasingly blurred and his own existence is questioned. Rainer Werner Fassbinder's 2 part TV production is a science-fiction classic that explores the notion of a computer-generated other world pre-dating The Matrix by 26 years. Since its original broadcast in 1973 it has rarely been shown and following increasing demand the Fassbinder Foundation have restored this remarkable film under the artistic direction of the film's highly acclaimed cinematographer Michael Ballhaus.

  • Despair [DVD] Despair | DVD | (23/04/2012) from £6.55  |  Saving you £9.44 (59.00%)  |  RRP £15.99

    Chocolate, cuckoldry and doppelganger delusion abound in Rainer Werner Fassbinder's stunning English language adaptation of Vladimir Nabokov interwar novel. The chocolate business has been good to Russian exile Hermann. He enjoys the good life with his beautiful wife Lydia. But Hermann is addicted to out-of-body experiences and when he meets a tramp on a business trip, he develops an insane plan of escape. Featuring international stars Dirk Bogarde (Death in Venice) and Andra Ferrol (La Grande Bouffe) and adapted by British dramatist Tom Stoppard (Shakespeare in Love), Fassbinder’s Despair is a vivid off-kilter masterwork set against the background of the Nazis in ascendance. This DVD version of Fassbinder’s ‘most optimistic film’ is accompanied by exclusive bonus material. Extras: Documentary “The Cinema and It’ Double” (70 minutes) Image gallery

  • The R.W. Fassbinder Collection - 1973-1982 The R.W. Fassbinder Collection - 1973-1982 | DVD | (05/11/2007) from £17.15  |  Saving you £42.84 (71.40%)  |  RRP £59.99

    Titles Comprise: 1. Fear Eats the Soul (1974) 2. Effi Briest (1974) 3. Fox and His Friends (1975) 4. Mother Kuster's Trip to Heave (1975) 5. Fear of Fear (1975) 6. Satan's Brew (1976) 7. Chinese Roulette (1976) 8. The Marriage of Maria Braun (1979)

  • Fear Eats The Soul [1973] Fear Eats The Soul | DVD | (07/08/2006) from £6.15  |  Saving you £13.84 (69.20%)  |  RRP £19.99

    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.

  • Effi Briest [Blu-ray] Effi Briest | Blu Ray | (18/07/2016) from £10.99  |  Saving you £7.00 (38.90%)  |  RRP £17.99

    Rainer Werner Fassbinder had been wanting to adapt Theodor Fontane's classic German novel Effi Briest ever since he first picked up a film camera. Originally intended to be his feature debut, the project took years to get off the ground and finally surfaced in 1974, in the process becoming his most expensive production to date as well as one of his most ambitious. Dubbed ?the German Madame Bovary', Effi Briest tells of a seventeen-year-old girl (played by Hanna Schygulla) who is married off by her parents to a wealthy Baron (Wolfgang Schenk) more than twice her age. Lonely and dissatisfied, she seeks solace in the companionship of her husband's friend, Major Crampas (Ulli Lommel). Beautifully recreating late nineteenth century Germany and gorgeously shot in black and white, Effi Briest also serves to showcase Schygulla, here giving her first star performance for Fassbinder.

  • Querelle [1982] Querelle | DVD | (21/01/2002) from £4.99  |  Saving you £3.11 (15.60%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Adapted from Jean Genet's novel the final film of director Fassbinder's career is a surreal tale of sex and murder that has become a cult favourite. Brad Davis (Midnight Express Chariots Of Fire) stars as Querelle an enigmatic drug-dealing sailor on shore leave in the port of Brest. Amidst the sultry highly charged atmosphere he embarks on a journey of sexual self-discovery. With its striking iconic imagery set against the orange glow of a permanent sunset Querelle is a d

  • The The Marriage Of Maria Braun [1978] The The Marriage Of Maria Braun | DVD | (07/08/2006) from £6.49  |  Saving you £13.50 (67.50%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Maria (Hanna Schygulla) marries Hermann Braun in the last days of World War II only for him to disappear in the war. Alone Maria uses her beauty and ambition to prosper in Germany's ""economic miracle"" of the 1950s. Fassbinder's biggest international box-office success and the first part of his 'postwar trilogy' (along with Veronica Voss and Lola) The Marriage of Maria Braun is a heartbreaking study of a woman picking herself up from the ruins of her own life as well as a pointed metaphorical attack on a society determined to forget its past.

  • Querelle [DVD] Querelle | DVD | (10/03/2014) from £6.95  |  Saving you £9.04 (56.50%)  |  RRP £15.99

    The final film of acclaimed director Rainer Werner Fassbinder. The story of a sailor named Querelle (Brad Davis) who turns on his drug-smuggling partner and murders him. He then goes to a notorious brothel run by the rapacious Lysiane (Jeanne Moreau) who leads Querelle into his first homosexual encounter. Subsequently he falls in love with a fellow murderer Gil (Hanno Poschl). Partly because his love for Gil panics him and partly so that he can keep Gil all to himself.

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