Bitter Tears: The Films of Rainer Werner Fassbinder

One of the leading figures in the New German Cinema movement that emerged in the 1970s, Fassbinder, who worked in both cinema and theatre, was a furiously prolific artist and provocateur. Influenced by the Hollywood melodramas of Douglas Sirk and the technical innovation of the French New Wave, Fassbinder nonetheless created his own singular style, working across genres to offer poignant and profound examinations of German society and of characters struggling against social and political constraints. Between 1969 and 1982 Fassbinder directed over 40 productions, so this short season hopefully provides a telling glimpse into the work of an uncompromising iconoclast.