The Merchant of Four Seasons

Tuesday, August 30 - Wednesday, August 31, 2022

DCP Projection

New German Cinema icon Rainer Werner Fassbinder kicked off a new phase of his young career when he made the startling The Merchant of Four Seasons. In this anguished yet mordantly funny film, Fassbinder charts the decline of a self-destructive former policeman and war veteran struggling to make ends meet for his family by working as a fruit vendor. Fassbinder had gained acclaim for a series of trenchant, quickly made early films, but for this one he took more time and forged a new style—featuring a more complexly woven script and narrative structure and more sophisticated use of the camera, and influenced by the work of his recently discovered idol, Douglas Sirk. The result is a meticulously made, unforgiving social satire.

Screening as part of our series Fassbinder’s BITTER TEARS + More, In anticipation of the opening of Francois Ozon’s gender-swapped reimagining of a Rainer Werner Fassbinder masterwork PETER VON KANT

  • Language In German with English subtitles
  • Year 1971
  • Running Time 88 minutes
  • Format DCP
  • Distributor Janus
  • Director Rainer Werner Fassbinder
  • Accessibility Assistive Listening, T-Coil

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