The Early Works of Rainer Werner Fassbinder (Blu-ray)

Release Date: 15 August 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 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, Éric 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
  • Release Date: 15 August 2016
    SKU: FCD1220