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Die Bitteren Tränen der Petra von Kant (1972)

West Germany 124m, Colour
Director: Rainer Werner Fassbinder; Cast: Margit Carstensen, Hanna Schygulla, Irm Hermann, Katrin Schaake, Eva Mattes, Gisela Fackeldey

The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant is the film adaptation of a play about the narcissistic world of Petra, a successful fashion designer who is deeply bored with her life. The film explores Petra’s failed relationships as we follow her largely unhappy life from within the confines of her eccentrically decorated mannequin-filled apartment. In an attempt to find some happiness, she attempts to manipulate a young woman into a relationship with her. While much of the story is centered on Petra’s obsession with Karin, we are also witness to a more unusual connection with Marlene – who is Petra’s co-designer and live-in servant, who might best be described as Petra’s willing slave. Although the relationships of Petra von Kant may be baffling to many, this is a unique film with characters and a setting which are richly decorated both figuratively and literally (Klaus Ming November 2010).


3 comments on “Die Bitteren Tränen der Petra von Kant (1972)

  1. Joachim Boaz

    Yes! It’s just astounding that it’s filmed in one room…. and he pulled it off….

  2. Klaus

    Once I figured it out what this film was all about – i gained a much better appreciation for it. I suspect that it will get even better with repeated viewings. I’m certain I will view it with a different eye the second time around!

  3. Joachim Boaz

    Definitely better on a second viewing — I was rather ambivalent the first time around.

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This entry was posted on 11/24/2010 by in 1001 List, 1970s, All and tagged .
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