The Merchant of Four Seasons

Film, Drama
The Merchant of Four Seasons

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.

By: VG


Release details

89 mins

Cast and crew

Rainer Werner Fassbinder
Rainer Werner Fassbinder
Andrea Schober
Irm Hermann
Hanna Schygulla
Kurt Raab
Ingrid Caven
Hans Hirschmüller
Klaus Löwitsch
Gusti Kreissl
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