Eight Hours Don’t Make a Day
Acht Stunden sind kein Tag
Fassbinder’s controversial five-part TV soap-opera can be seen again at last thanks to this new restoration.
W Germany 1972
Dir Rainer Werner Fassbinder
With Gottfried John, Hanna Schygulla, Luise Ullrich
101min (part 1), 100min (part 2), 92min (part 3), 89min (part 4), 89min (part 5) + interval
Thanks to a new restoration premiered at this year’s Berlin Film Festival, Fassbinder’s controversial five-part TV series can be seen again at last. Aimed at a mass audience, this entertaining soap opera of working-class life revolves around an extended family of three generations who struggle to balance the demands of the workplace with the pressures of family life. Based on extensive research among factory workers and trade unionists, it was deliberately more optimistic than Fassbinder’s cinema features, encouraging social solidarity. The abrupt cancellation of the highly successful series (three more episodes had been planned) was, in Fassbinder’s view, politically motivated.
Tickets £24, concs £18 (Members pay £3 less)