Wednesday, October 9, 2013

The Bitter Tears of Petra Von Kant (1972)

WHO: Margit Carstensen has the title role; Rainer Werner Fassbinder directed the film, based on his own play.

WHAT: Not Fassbinder's only all-female-cast film (as Marsha McCreadie notes in her excellent piece on the film, there's also his 1977 rarity Women in New York) but his most famous one by far.

WHERE/WHEN: Tonight at the Roxie at 7PM, and Thursday, October 29th at the Pacific Film Archive in Berkeley.

WHY: With four posts on Fassbinder since Friday you may wonder if I have blinders on about other local screenings happening this week. No, I just consider a Fassbinder retro a major event and it's been ten years since the last substantial one in the Bay Area.

But I can't help but notice that tonight's Roxie selection is (surely by coincidence) booked on the same day as a female-centric Castro Theatre double-bill of Thelma & Louise and Switchblade Sisters. If you have a free afternoon you can actually catch that bill as a matinee with just barely enough time to quickly walk from the Castro to the Roxie before The Bitter Tears of Petra Von Kant begins unspooling. Or if not, you can potentially make the reverse trip to catch the 9:25 Switchblade Sisters, although it might be safer to cab it depending on whether or not the Roxie's Mike Keegan gives Petra an introduction (he did on Monday for another Fassbinder/Carstensen Fear Of Fear, but not on Sunday for The American Soldier.

HOW: 35mm

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