Eight Hours Don't Make a Day The Criterion Collection
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Commissioned to make a working-class family drama for public television, up-and-coming director Rainer Werner Fassbinder took the assignment and ran, dodging expectations by depicting social realities in West Germany from a critical-yet far from cynical-perspective. Over the course of several hours, the sprawling story tracks the everyday triumphs and travails of the young toolmaker Jochen (Gottfried John) and many of the people populating his world, including the woman he loves (Hanna Schygulla), his eccentric nuclear family, and his fellow workers, with whom he bands together to improve conditions on the factory floor. Rarely screened since its popular but controversial initial broadcast, Eight Hours Don't Make a Day rates as a true discovery, one of Fassbinder's earliest and most tender experiments with the possibilities of melodrama.
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There are technically sound ways of mastering Blu-rays to preserve the 25fps of the original work, as Arrow Films has done with their Blu-ray edition of 'Eight Hours.' One would have expected Criterion to follow this mastering process, but they goofed.
3 stars for the lovely artwork on the Criterion. If you can justify the price, grab the Arrow edition instead.