Handler der Vier Jahreszeiten (The Merchant of Four Seasons). 1971. West Germany. Directed by Rainer Werner Fassbinder. In German; English subtitles. 88 min.

With Hans Hirschmuller, Irm Hermann, Hanna Schygulla, Andrea Schober. Although Fassbinder had already directed more than a dozen films, this was the movie that put him on the map, at least in America, where it was shown in the New York Film Festival. He would ultimately become the most acclaimed German director since the Weimar triumvirate of F. W. Murnau, Fritz Lang, and G. W. Pabst. Here, we get an early taste of his stylized homage to Hollywood and its methods, flavored by a leftist political slant that would make him important, but always controversial.

  1. Friday, May 30, 2014,
    1:30 p.m.

    T2, Theater 2

  2. Thursday, May 29, 2014,
    1:30 p.m.

    Mezzanine, Education and Research Center, Theater 3

  3. Wednesday, May 28, 2014,
    1:30 p.m.

    Mezzanine, Education and Research Center, Theater 3

This film accompanies An Auteurist History of Film.