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Fri., Aug. 29 - Thur., Sept 11
Fri., Sept 19 - Wed., Sept 24

The Roxie Cinema is proud to be presenting this 16-film retrospective of the controversial and prolific director, Rainer Werner Fassbinder, who has been called, “the most important director of New German Cinema…”. Be sure to get your Roxie 5-Admission Discount Card for $22 so you can enjoy all of THE UNFORGETTABLE FILMS OF RAINER WERNER FASSBINDER. Unless otherwise credited, the following film notes are compliments of the Pacific Film Archives.
The Unforgettable Films

Friday, Aug. 29th and Saturday, Aug. 30th

Marriage of Maria Braun (1978): 7:00, 9:30 w/ Sat mats 2:00, 4:30
“Brilliantly complex...splendid and mysterious” (Vincent Canby, N. Y. Times ), Hanna Schygulla became the new Dietrich—despite the comic irony inherent in her performance as an emblem of Germany’s postwar “economic miracle.”

Sunday, Aug. 31st

Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant (1972): 7:00, 9:30 w/ Sun mats 2:00, 4:30
The well-crafted world of a famous designer is slowly unraveled by the treachery of love. “A haute-couture lesbian pajama party with silken, knowing dialogue.”—David Denby, New Yorker ’03

Monday, Sept 1st

Effi Briest (1972/74): 7:00, 9:30
Fontane’s 19th-century novel adapted into a classic and elegant film. “What Fassbinder has achieved with detachment and easy grace is a kaleidoscopic perspective on the moral attitudes taken by all those involved with Effi...delicately and willfully portrayed by Hanna Schygulla.”—Judy Stone, S.F. Chronicle

Tuesday, Sept 2nd

Gods of the Plague (1969): 6:15, 9:45
A lowlife gangster flick in which the camera gets all the best lines. With Schygulla, Von Trotta, Ingrid Caven.

Katzelmacher (1969): 8:00
The name means “troublemaker,” fitting for Fassbinder, who cast himself as a despised immigrant worker, the butt of bored youth in a Munich backwater. “A gritty, low-budget tour de force.”—Village Voice.

Wednesday, Sept 3rd

American Soldier (1970): 2:40 matinee, 6:20, 10:00
Fassbinder called this film about a Vietnam vet in Munich “a study of a perfect killer.” David Denby called it “a film esthete’s dream of a gangster movie, all languorous gesture and sullen aggression.”—N.Y. Times

Beware of the Holy Whore ((1970): 4:15 matinee, 8:00
“In this film about filmmaking (not to mention the tortuous Fassbinder scene), the director cast Lou Castel as a director, calling it ‘a comedy about myself as seen from the outside.’”—Village Voice

Thursday, Sept 4th

Veronika Voss ((1982): 7:00, 9:15
“Like most of Fassbinder’s best films, this is about a loser: a fading movie star of the ’40s who finds the ’50s bearable only with the help of morphine. Shot in gleaming B&W...reminding us, long after Melville and his whale, that white can be as terrifying as black.”—N.Y. Film Festival

Friday, Sept 5th & Saturday, Sept. 6th

Fox and His Friends (1974): 7:00, 9:30 w/ Sat mats 2:00, 4:30
Fassbinder is the star of this powerful psychodrama in the guise of a fable, in which a good-natured prole wins the lottery and is skillfully, ruthlessly exploited by his wealthy boyfriend. A great example of the director’s vision of “love as the most insidious instrument of repression.”

Sunday, Sept 7th

Ali: Fear Eats the Soul (1973): 8:00, 10:00 w/ Sun mats 2:00, 4:00
The unlikely love between a washerwoman in her sixties and a Moroccan guest worker twenty years her junior is the subject of Fassbinder’s bitter and touching homage to Douglas Sirk.

Monday, Sept 8th

Merchant of Four Seasons (1971): 6:00, 8:00, 10:00
The story of a hapless fruit peddler told as “a virtuoso balance of soap opera, social comedy, irony, politics, farce, and brilliant ensemble acting.”—New Yorker Films

Tuesday, Sept 9th

Satan’s Brew (1976): 10:15
“Fassbinder doesn’t make ‘comedies’...he makes ironies, and he’s never been more brilliantly ironic than in this examination of a sadistic anti-hero,” played by Kurt Raab.—Soho Weekly News

Fear of Fear (1975): 8:00
Margit Carstensen portrays a young mother in the grip of anxiety. Vincent Canby called this small film “perfectly sculpted...a distillation of reality—a dream in which everything counts.”—N.Y. Times

Wednesday, Sept 10th

Chinese Roulette (1976): 2:45 matinee, 6:15, 9:45
Fassbinder out-Buñuels the master in this camp satire on the haute bourgeoisie starring Anna Karina and Margit Carstensen. “The humor fits the cruelty like a boot fits a groin.”—Time Out

Love is Colder Than Death (1969): 4:30 matinee, 8:00
“A restless and sombre foray into the black-and-white world of the Hollywood gangster film as interpreted by B-movie mavericks [and] stripped bare by Fassbinder.”—Time Out

Thursday, Sept 11th

Mother Küsters Goes to Heaven (1975): 7:00, 9:30
A factory worker goes postal, making his widow one old and very confused poster girl for the Left. A brittle Brechtian parable of political exploitation that had the distinction of being banned from the Berlin Film Festival. Can’t take a joke, or even a tragedy.

The Unforgettable Films of RAINER WERNER FASSBINDER returns to the Roxie next week on Friday, September 19th.

Friday, September 12 - Wednesday, September 17

The World According To Shorts

The World According to Shorts features award-winning, international SHORT animated, narrative, and experimental films from Finland, Austria, Norway, Germany, Estonia, and Brazil selected from the prestigious Clermont-Ferrand (France) Festival du Court Métrage 2003. For 25 years, Clermont-Ferrand’s Festival du Court Métrage—one of Europe’s oldest and best established short film festivals—has showcased innovations in the genre. The festival regularly draws more than 100,000 viewers to its film screenings, and, this year, nearly 60 countries were represented in the international competition, from which all of the selections in The World According to Shorts were chosen. Highlights from this year’s festival include Katja Pratschke’s Transposed Bodies, a photo essay reminiscent of both Chris Marker’s La Jetée and François Truffaut’s Jules and Jim; Kaspar Jancis’s Weitzenberg Street, a bawdy animated romance and mystery with a surreal edge; and Stefan Faldbakken’s Anolit, a moving and humorous tale of small-town lives going nowhere fast, and featuring a pair of Norway’s up-and-coming young actors. All films will be in their original language with English subtitles. All films are 35mm prints. For more information, check out the Showtimes: Program 1 (77 minutes): Nightly at 6:20 & 10 pm with Wed/Sat/Sun mats at (2:00). Program 2 (106 minutes): Nightly at 8pm with Wed/Sat/Sun mats at (4:00). SEPARATE ADMISSION

The World According to Shorts Schedule

Program 1 (77 minutes): Nightly at 6:20 & 10 pm with Wed/Sat/Sun mats at (2:00).

Strength in Numbers, Hans Petter Moland, Norway (2002), 9 min, San Francisco Premiere—Eight old timers come upon a young woman stuck in a swamp. This short film was inspired by the Norway’s Labour Party, and is a part of the collective feature film Utopia: No One is Perfect in the Perfect Country.

Recently 3, Jochen Kuhn, Germany (2002), 5 min, animated—In the third of a short film series on every day life events, the author involuntarily witnesses a contemporary love affair.

Too Young/i>, Géraldine Doignon, Belgium (2002), 18 min, San Francisco Premiere—Johanne’s father, Michel, is a professor who has been seeing one of his students, who is his daughter’s age. Disturbed by the ambiguous situation, Johanne convinces her coworker Boris that her father is her lover.

I’m a Star, Stefan Stratil, Austria (2002), 6 min, animated, San Francisco Premiere—A lonely man, a cigarette, a hotel hallway –this is the setting for an ironic take on Sinatra lore.

Dry Dock, Tuukka Hari, Finland (2001),11 min —With time-lapse photography the director traces one year in a dry dock in the Suomenlinna fortress.

Transposed Bodies, Katja Pratschke, Germany (2002), 28 min, San Francisco Premiere. “This is where my story begins. It’s the story of my two fathers Jan and Jon. It took me a long time to put all the pieces together. And much longer even to tell it.”

Program 2 (106 minutes): Nightly at 8pm with Wed/Sat/Sun mats at (4:00)

The Contrabass, Anna Melikian, Russia (2002), 22 min., A man who was born to be happy is thwarted by an upright bass.

The Old Woman’s Step, Jane Malaquias, Brazil (2002), 15 min—An old lady travels from the fishermen’s village where she lives to the city to sell a chicken so she can buy her grandson a present.

Weitzenberg Street, Kaspar Jancis, Estonia (2002), 11 min, animated, San Francisco Premiere—This is a tale of love and murder featuring a man, a woman, a fly, and a dangerous neighbor.

The Pact, Guy-Désiré Yaméogo, France/Burkina Faso (2002), 24 min, San Francisco Premiere—Tinga is a well-established business man. He owes his position to a pact signed with witches. In order for his prosperity to last, sacrifices are regularly made, until one day, the witches ask for too much.

Le Combat, Fernand Melgar, Switzerland (2002), 9 min, documentary, San Francisco Premiere—In the changing room of a sport hall, Randy, a young teenager, is preparing for his first boxing match. He’ll fight in the featherweight league.

Anolit, Stefan Faldbakken, Norway (2002), 25 min, San Francisco Premiere—Stefan decides not to attend his father’s funeral, as he sees no reason to say goodbye to someone he has never met. He joins his two friends in their Friday night routine, cruising the small town, hanging around at the local gas station, disagreeing on where to party, and what to blow up.

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