Time Out says

Fear and loathing in the mean streets of suburban Munich, where all behaviour obeys the basest and most basic of drives, and fleeting allegiances form and re-form in almost mathematically abstract permutations until disrupted by the advent of an immigrant Greek worker (played by Fassbinder himself; the title is a Bavarian slang term for a gastarbeiter, implying tomcatting sexual proclivities) who becomes the target for xenophobic violence. Fassbinder's sub-Godardian gangster film début, Love is Colder than Death, was dismissed as derivative and dilettanté-ish; this second feature, based on his own anti-teater play, won immediate acclaim. It still seems remarkable, mainly for Fassbinder's distinctive, highly stylised dialogue and minimalist mise-en-scène that transfigures a cinema of poverty into bleakly triumphant rites of despair.


Release details

88 mins

Cast and crew

Rainer Werner Fassbinder
Rainer Werner Fassbinder
Hanna Schygulla
Lilith Ungerer
Elga Sorbas
Doris Mattes
Rainer Werner Fassbinder
Rudolf Waldemar Brem
Harry Baer
Peter Moland
Irm Hermann
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