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RW Fassbinder

Why Does Herr R. Run Amok?

Warum läuft Herr R. Amok?

A brilliant black comedy of manners about a man surely at the end of his tether…

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W Germany 1969
Dirs Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Michael Fengler
With Kurt Raab, Lilith Ungerer, Hanna Schygulla
88min
35mm
English subtitles
Certificate 12A

Fassbinder’s first film in colour is dark indeed – a black comedy of manners, shot in a wintry Munich. Herr R, a hardworking husband and father, puts up patiently with sniping parents, competitive neighbours, sniggering shop assistants and a patronising boss. Will anything make him snap? Vividly naturalistic, this brilliantly observed account of everyday frustrations will make you squirm with recognition.

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