RAINER WERNER FASSBINDER COLLECTION – VOLUME 2 – issued as limited Blu Ray edition

Rainer Vass 2RAINER WERNER FASSBINDER COLLECTION – VOLUME 2 (15) GERMANY BLU RAY £64.99
Volume . 2 brings together a collection of his key works from the mid-section of his career in high definition digital restorations prepared by the Rainer Werner Fassbinder Foundation.

The films are –

ANGST ESSEN SEELE AUF/FEAR EATS THE SOUL (15 ) 1973 GERMANY
Film is about a German woman who strikes up a friendship with a Moroccan man and the racism they encounter.

EFFI BRIEST (U) 1974 GERMANY
Film adaptation of Theodor Fontane’s novel set in the late 19th century.

FAUSTRECHT DER FREIHEIT/FOX AND HIS FRIENDS (15) 1975 GERMANY
In Fox and His Friends a young, homosexual man, who falls in love with a wealthy industrialist’s son after an unexpected lottery win. However he realises that the affections of his new partner are solely based on his wealth.

CHINESISCHES ROULETTE (15) 1976 GERMANY
Chinese Roulette is a tense psychodrama set in an isolated house during a weekend break in which infidelities are revealed and families break down. Fassbinder’s international breakthrough film,

EHE DER MARIA BRAUN/MARRIAGE OF MARIA BRAUN (15) 1978 GERMANY
Fassbinder’s biggest international hit, Hanna Schygulla plays Maria Braun, whose material
rise parallels Germany’s Economic Miracle of the 1950s.

In German with English subtitles

Limited Edition Features

High definition digital transfers of all films prepared by the Rainer Werner Fassbinder Foundation

High Definition (1080p) Blu-rayTM presentations of all films

Original uncompressed PCM mono 1.0 sound for all films

Optional English subtitles for all films

Exclusive 140-page collectors booklet containing archive articles and new writing by Deborah Allison, Geoff Andrew, Margaret Deriaz and Travis Miles.

Disc One – Fear Eats The Soul

Audio commentary by critic and lecturer Mark Freeman

My Name is Not Ali, Viola Shafik’s 2011 feature-length documentary on the life and death of El Hedi ben Salem, star of Fear Eats the Soul

Interview with director of photography Jürgen Jürges

Theatrical trailer

Disc Two – Effi Briest

Audio commentary by Ken Moulden

Interview with actor Ulli Lommel

Interview with director of photography Jürgen Jürges

Theatrical trailer

Disc Three – Fox And His Friends & Chinese Roulette

Audio commentary by Hamish Ford on Fox and His Friends

Interview with actor Ulli Lommel on Chinese Roulette

Original theatrical trailers for both films

Disc Four – The Marriage Of Maria Braun

Life, Love & Celluloid, a 1998 feature-length documentary on Fassbinder, written and directed by his regular editor, Juliane Lorenz

Rainer Werner Fassbinder, 1977, a candid 30-minute interview with the director

The Fassbinder Family, featurette detailing the actors who worked with Fassbinder time and again throughout his career

RAINER WERNER FASSBINDER COLLECTION – VOLUME 1 – issued as limited Blu Ray edition

Rainer Werner Fassbinder Collection 1RAINER WERNER FASSBINDER COLLECTION – VOLUME 1 (18) GERMANY BLU RAY £64.99
A collection of films from the early years of his career. All have been restored to high definition digital by the Rainer Werner Fassbinder Foundation.

In German with English subtitles

His debut feature
LIEBE IST KÄLTER ALS DER TOD/ LOVE IS COLDER THAN DEATH (1969) is a playful but cynical crime picture, inspired by the nouvelle vague.

KATZELMACHER (1969) depicts the dynamics of a group of young layabout friends, which are radically altered by the arrival of an immigrant worker in their community.

WARNUNG VOR EINER HEILIGEN NUTTE/ BEWARE OF A HOLY WHORE (1971) pulls the curtain on the backstage dramas of the cast and crew of a film shoot as they wait in a Spanish seaside hotel for the arrival of funds to continue their production.

HÄNDLER DER VIER JAHRESZEITEN/MERCHANT OF FOUR SEASONS (1971) portrays the downfall of a beleaguered fruit seller in 1950s Munich as he struggles to keep his family, body and soul together.

BITTEREN TRÄNEN DER PETRA VON KANT/BITTER TEARS OF PETRA VON KANT (1972) focuses on the loves, losses and lamentations of the titular Petra, a successful fashion designer with two marriages behind her and an estranged daughter.

The Ulli Lommel-directed DIE ZÄRTLICHKEIT DER WÖLFE/TENDERNESS OF THE WOLVES (1973) sees Fassbinder adopting the role of producer in a bleak tale based on the German serial killer Fritz Haarmann, memorably played by Fassbinder regular Kurt Raab, who also wrote the screenplay.

Limited Edition Contents

High definition digital transfers of all films prepared by the Rainer Werner Fassbinder Foundation

High Definition (1080p) Blu-ray presentations of all films

Original uncompressed PCM mono 1.0 sound for all films

Optional English subtitles for all films

Exclusive 140-page collectors booklet containing archive articles and interviews and new writing by Tony Rayns, David Jenkins, Nicole Brenez, Phuong Le, Carmen Gray and Sean Hogan

Disc One – The Early Works: Love Is Colder Than Death And Katzelmacher:

Two early short films by Rainer Werner Fassbinder from 1966, The Little Chaos and The City Tramp

Interview with actor Ulli Lommel on Love is Colder Than Death

End of the Commune?, Joachim von Mengershausen’s 1970 documentary portrait of Fassbinder and his troupe including rare footage of his actors rehearsing and Love is Colder Than Death’s premiere at the 1969 Berlin Film Festival

Original theatrical trailer for Katzelmacher

Disc Two – The Merchant Of Four Seasons And Beware Of A Holy Whore

Audio commentary on The Merchant of Four Seasons by critics Alexandra Heller-Nicholas and Christian McCrea

Audio commentary on Beware of a Holy Whore by Adrian Martin

Interview with actor Lou Castel on Beware of a Holy Whore

Beware of a Holy Whore theatrical trailer

Disc Three – The Bitter Tears Of Petra Von Kant

Commentary by filmmaker and lecturer Diane Charleson

Life Stories: A Conversation with R.W. Fassbinder, a 50-minute interview with the director conducted for German television in 1978

Role-Play: Women on Fassbinder, a 1992 documentary containing interviews with four of the director’s leading ladies, Margit Carstensen, Irm Hermann, Hanna Schygulla and Rosel Zech

Disc Four – Tenderness Of The Wolves

Audio commentary by director Ulli Lommel, moderated by Uwe Huber
Introduction by Ulli Lommel

The Tender olf, a newly-filmed interview with Lommel

Photographing Fritz, a newly-filmed interview with director of photography Jürgen Jürges

Haarmann’s Victim Talks, a newly-filmed interview with actor Rainer Will

An appreciation by Stephen Thrower, author of Nightmare USA and Murderous Passions: The Delirious Cinema of Jesús Franco

Stills gallery

Theatrical trailer