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Katzelmacher

Brutal and poignant, Fassbinder’s adaptation of his own play is still shockingly resonant. A Greek immigrant (Fassbinder) unleashes jealousy and xenophobia among a group of neighbours in the Munich suburbs. The largely static camera reflects the narrow horizons of these bickering couples; Hanna Schygulla, Fassbinder’s star-to-be, stands out as Marie, the only one for whom love isn’t just about money.