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Philosophical Screens: Repression and Release in Fassbinder’s Chinese Roulette

The latest in our series exploring cinema through a philosophical lens.

Image from Philosophical Screens: Repression and Release in Fassbinder’s Chinese Roulette

Photograph: Arrow Films

Total runtime 70min

In the latest in our popular series exploring cinema through a philosophical lens, we consider Fassbinder’s spiky, provocative critique of German bourgeois values. Chinese Roulette depicts a savage world riven with infidelity and loathing, where people cruelly goad each other into revealing their deepest secret thoughts and desires – but what truths does Fassbinder unearth?

Join film philosophers William Brown, John Ó Maoilearca and Catherine Wheatley as we explore how Fassbinder gives expression to the darkest chambers of the German soul via his repressed characters and their relation to space, objects and each other.

Free to ticket-holders of Chinese Roulette on Wed 10 May (but must be booked via the box office due to limited capacity), otherwise £6.50.

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