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The Merchant of Four Seasons

  • Film

Time Out says

Made before Fear Eats the Soul, which it resembles in many respects, this deceptively muted melodrama chronicles the 'rubbing out' of a character found oddly irrelevant by those around him: a man who dreamed of being an engineer, but had to settle for a fruit and vegetable stall, his aspirations constantly frustrated by his social circumstances. The film builds with remarkable power towards a concluding scene in which the process of Hans' destruction is revealed to be blindly self-perpetuating. Fassbinder's regular ensemble perform with enormous precision, and there's a remarkable dinner party scene in which, in a kind of mesmeric shorthand, the mechanics of destruction are revealed, working like clockwork.
Written by VG

Release Details

  • Duration:89 mins

Cast and crew

  • Director:Rainer Werner Fassbinder
  • Screenwriter:Rainer Werner Fassbinder
  • Cast:
    • Andrea Schober
    • Irm Hermann
    • Hanna Schygulla
    • Kurt Raab
    • Ingrid Caven
    • Hans Hirschmüller
    • Klaus Löwitsch
    • Gusti Kreissl
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