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The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant [Blu-ray]

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In the early 1970s, Rainer Werner Fassbinder (Berlin Alexanderplatz) discovered the American melodramas of Douglas Sirk and was inspired by them to begin working in a new, more intensely emotional register. One of the earliest and best-loved films of this period in his career is The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant, which balances a realistic depiction of tormented romance with staging that remains true to the director’s roots in experimental theater. This unforgettable, unforgiving dissection of the imbalanced relationship between a haughty fashion designer (Margit Carstensen) and a beautiful but icy ingenue (Hanna Schygulla)—based, in a sly gender reversal, on the writer-director’s own desperate obsession with a young actor—is a fully Fassbinder affair, featuring exquisitely claustrophobic cinematography by Michael Ballhaus (The Last Temptation of Christ) and full-throttle performances by an all-female cast.

Additional Features

• New 4K digital restoration, supervised by director of photography Michael Ballhaus, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack
• New interviews with Ballhaus and actors Margit Carstensen, Eva Mattes, Katrin Schaake, and Hanna Schygulla
• New interview with film scholar Jane Shattuc about director Rainer Werner Fassbinder and the film
• Role Play: Women on Fassbinder, a 1992 German television documentary by Thomas Honickel featuring interviews with Carstensen, Schygulla, and actors Irm Hermann and Rosel Zech
• New English subtitle translation
• PLUS: An essay by critic Peter Matthews"


Product details

  • Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
  • MPAA rating : s_medNotRated Unrated (Not Rated)
  • Product Dimensions : 6.5 x 5.25 x 0.5 inches; 4 Ounces
  • Item model number : 2431
  • Director : Rainer Werner Fassbinder
  • Media Format : Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, Full Screen, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Run time : 2 hours and 4 minutes
  • Release date : January 13, 2015
  • Actors : Margit Carstensen, Hanna Schygulla, Irm Hermann
  • Subtitles: : English
  • Studio : Criterion Collection (Direct)
  • ASIN : B00ON0JKO0
  • Number of discs : 1
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.3 out of 5 stars 62 ratings