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RW Fassbinder

Gods of the Plague

Götter der Pest

In this melancholy thriller, capitalism is the ‘plague’ and criminals are its ‘gods’.

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W Germany 1969
Dir Rainer Werner Fassbinder
With Harry Baer, Hanna Schygulla, Margarethe von Trotta, Günther Kaufmann
91min
35mm
English subtitles
Certificate 18

In this melancholy thriller, capitalism is the ‘plague’ and criminals are its ‘gods’. Released from jail, Franz (Baer) seeks comfort from two different women but is happiest with his friend ‘Gorilla’ (Kaufmann), with whom he plans a supermarket robbery. Fassbinder captures the late 60s Zeitgeist – its uneasy blend of bohemian dreams, bourgeois aspirations and Third Reich nostalgia.

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