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A sad looking woman sits on a rug near a phone and a bottle of alcohol.
The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant

Film

Presented by the Melbourne Cinémathèque & ACMI

The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant

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The Bitter Tears Of Rainer Werner Fassbinder

6 Apr

Fassbinder adapts his own play about an emotionally sadistic fashion designer and the handful of women who visit her in the garish bedroom in which she holds court.

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  • The film’s long takes, deep focus cinematography and dispassionate, faux-theatrical style work against the melodrama of the material, creating a dissonance that allows Fassbinder’s searingly critical self-portrait to show up in sharp relief. The all-female ensemble of Fassbinder regulars (Margit Carstensen, Hanna Schygulla and Irm Hermann) creates a memorable gallery of desperate grotesques.