Fassbinder in the Collection

Apr 2–22, 2007


Händler der vier Jahreszeiten (The Merchant of Four Seasons). 1971. West Germany. Written and directed by Rainer Werner Fassbinder

To mark MoMA’s acquisition of the remastered version of Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s Berlin Alexanderplatz, which has its North American premiere this month at the Museum, the Department of Film presents a selection of Fassbinder films from the collection. The exhibition also includes the North American premieres of two documentaries by Juliane Lorenz, director of the Rainer Werner Fassbinder Foundation, about the restoration of Berlin Alexanderplatz. Fassbinder (1945–1982), a major artist of the late twentieth century, was a prodigiously talented, edgy, and always surprising filmmaker of acute psychological insight and empathy, as well as a penetrating social cartographer. All films directed by Fassbinder, from West Germany, and in German with English subtitles, unless otherwise noted.

Organized by Laurence Kardish, Senior Curator, Department of Film.


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