Why Does Herr R. Run Amok? (1970)

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    Rating: 7.5/10 (492 votes)
    Runtime: 88 min | Germany:90 min (Festivalfassung)
    Language: German With Hardcoded English Sub
    Country: West Germany
    Color: Color
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    Lilith Ungerer ... Frau R.
    Kurt Raab ... Herr R.
    Lilo Pempeit ... Kollegin im Büro
    Franz Maron ... Chef
    Harry Baer ... Kollege im Büro
    Peter Moland ... Kollege im Büro
    Hanna Schygulla ... Schulfreundin
    Ingrid Caven ... Nachbarin
    Irm Hermann ... Nachbarin
    Doris Mattes ... Nachbarin
    Hannes Gromball ... Nachbar
    Vinzenz Sterr ... Opa Raab (as Herr Sterr)
    Maria Sterr ... Oma Raab (as Frau Sterr)
    Peer Raben ... Schulfreund
    Eva Pampuch ... Schallplattenverkäuferin

    Description: Wild and winsome yet tragic tale of a man who falls apart before our very eyes. Whats so exciting about this film is not the plot or the climax, which is given away in the title, but the sheer breathless spontaneity of the unfolding drama/trauma, presented in breezy interchanges between characters and told in an intimate verite style that looks disarmingly nontheatrical. We are like a fly on the wall making a documentary about a loser's last days. It is thus alternately exciting, maddening, sad and boring, just as those moments in his life actually would be. The only thing about the film that didn't really click was Herr R.'s final act(s) of violence. They seem at first glance sort of unsolicited, melodramatic, over-reactive, out of context. But then, the whole point of "running amok," as the Eskimos tell it, is that after six months of indoor living with no sunlight, the mere tedium and monotony of cohabitation becomes too much to bear. Thus, it isn't trauma after trauma, or some big nasty blowout that causes the final snap; it's the soul-crushing redundancy of the countless minuscule agitations and frustrations that causes, perhaps at no particular or predictable moment, the final psychological break for the poor damned fool. Fassbinder loves greasy, pudgy, gluttonous, hard-drinking losers, probably because he saw himself as one, but alcohol as the vehicle of mental deterioration, and sometimes the means of actual death, seems to feature prominently in many Fassfilms.

    Video: DivX 5 608x448 23.98fps
    Audio: MPEG Audio Layer 3 48000Hz mono 64Kbps
    Size: 700MB

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