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The Bitter Tears of Petra Von Kant

Presented by The Belcourt Theatre at The Belcourt Theatre, Nashville TN

Sep 17 - 18 2022
The Bitter Tears of Petra Von Kant

The Bitter Tears of Petra Von Kant

In the early 1970s, Rainer Werner Fassbinder discovered the American melodramas of Douglas Sirk and was inspired by them to begin working in a new, more intensely emotional register. One of the first and best-loved films of this period in his career is THE BITTER TEARS OF PETRA VON KANT, which balances a realistic depiction of tormented romance with staging that remains true to the director’s roots in experimental theater. This unforgettable, unforgiving dissection of the imbalanced relationship between a haughty fashion designer (Margit Carstensen) and a beautiful but icy ingenue (Hanna Schygulla) — based, in a sly gender reversal, on the writer-director’s own desperate obsession with a young actor — is a true Fassbinder affair, featuring exquisitely claustrophobic cinematography by Michael Ballhaus and full-throttle performances by an all-female cast.

See also: Peter Von Kant

Dir. Rainer Werner Fassbinder | Germany | 1972 | 125 min. | NR | DCP
In German with English subtitles

Source: Belcourt Theatre



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2102 Belcourt Avenue, Nashville, TN 37212
(Neighborhood: Belmont / Hillsboro Village)


    • Assisted Listening System
    • Audio Description
    • Closed Caption
    • Wheelchair Access

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