Faustrecht der Freiheit

One of Fassbinder's excellent melodramas focusing on the manipulation and destruction of a working-class victim-figure, in this case a surly fairground worker who is taken up by effete bourgeois gays when he wins a small fortune on a lottery. It's the usual vision of exploitation and complicity hidden under the deceiving mantle of love, but Fassbinder's precision, assured sense of milieu, and cool but human compassion for his characters, make it a work of brilliant intelligence. And the director himself is superb as the none-too-intelligent hero.

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Duration: 123 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Rainer Werner Fassbinder
Screenwriter: Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Christian Hohoff
Cast: Rainer Werner Fassbinder
Peter Chatel
Karl-Heinz Böhm
Harry Bär
Adrian Hoven
Ulla Jacobsen
Kurt Raab
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