The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant (Die bitteren Tränen der Petra von Kant)

  • Dir: Rainer Werner Fassbinder

  • West Germany, 1972, German, 119min, DCP

  • Cast: Margit Carstensen, Hanna Schygulla, Katrin Schaake, Irm Hermann

Fassbinder merges his love for Sirkian melodramas with his roots in theatre to thrilling results in one of his most acclaimed films, inspired by his own tumultuous affair with a young actor. Margit Carstensen gives an electrifying performance as a self-absorbed fashion designer who becomes consumed by her doomed love affair with an ingénue. Minimal in scale but flamboyant in emotions, Fassbinder’s meditation on loneliness can also be seen as a mea culpa, evident in his opening credits dedication to long-time collaborator Irm Hermann, who plays Petra’s silent, long-suffering assistant Marlene.

Berlin International Film Festival: In Competition

German Film Awards: Best Cinematography, Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress

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