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The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant (Die bitteren Tränen der Petra von Kant)

Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s unforgettable melodrama is an unforgiving dissection of the imbalanced relationship between a haughty fashion designer (Margit Carstensen) and a beautiful but icy ingenue (Hanna Schygulla). Based on the filmmaker’s own desperate obsession with a young actor, The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant features exquisitely claustrophobic cinematography and full-throttle performances by an all-female cast.

West Germany, 1972, 35mm, in German with English subtitles

Country, Year Germany, 1972
DirectorRainer Werner Fassbinder
WriterRainer Werner Fassbinder
CastMargit Carstensen, Hanna Schygulla, Irm Hermann, Katrin Schaake, Eva Mattes, Gisela Fackeldey
ProducerMichael Fengler
Runtime124 MINS, SECS