35mm Print!

The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant

Showtimes
thursday, october 27 at 7:30pm | regular admission prices
✅ Passes ARE ACCEPTED FOR THIS SCREENING

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.

“A gorgeous Fassbinder debauch… an astonishingly sensual sensory feast.”- Chuck Bowen, Slant Magazine

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. (Dir. by Rainer Werner Fassbinder, 1972, West Germany, in German with English subtitles, 125 mins., Not Rated)

Part of FILMS OF 1972: Celebrating 50 Golden Years of The Loft Cinema!