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124 minutes · 1972

Drama
A lesbian love triangle becomes a schema of sexual power plays in Rainer Werner Fassbinder's most harshly stylized and perhaps most significant film (1972). The action is confined to a single set—the apartment of fashion designer Margit Carstensen, decorated with desiccated mannequins and a mammoth painting of fleshy, galloping nudes—where the three characters (one is a mute) scheme, complain, and attempt to seduce. With Irm Hermann and Hanna Schygulla. In German with subtitles.


See our full review: <i>The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant</i>: One of Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s best films

The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant: One of Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s best films

The director's 1972 film adaptation of his own stage play screens at Doc Films this Sunday at 7 PM. »

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