Rainer Werner Fassbinder.
WHAT: This early Fassbinder feature gets a lot of points for its title, perhaps the best of a pretty grand bunch (placing Fassbinder with Chuck Jones as the best filmmaker adopters of one of the few words English and German have borrowed from Bahasa Malay). It was also a favorite of the great critic Manny Farber, who (as previously quoted by Gregg Rickman) wrote with Patricia Patterson of the film that "the essence of Fassbinder is a nagging physical discomfort."
WHERE/WHEN: 7:30 tonight at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts and 7PM December 6th at the Pacific Film Archive
WHY: The Fassbinder season is starting to wind down. YBCA only brings four more films to town in its series, and the PFA shows just those and four others (three of which have previously played at the YBCA or Roxie this Fall). But it's never too late to join a series midstream, and see what's been drawing those of us who have been attending as many Fassbinders as we've been able over the past month and a half.
YBCA is also one of the first out of the gate to begin announcing its early 2013 programming, starting with a Jack Smith retrospective including newly restored 16mm prints of Flaming Creatures and other films, January 16-30.