The merchant of four seasons

The merchant of four seasons

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Book - 2002 | German
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Hans, a fruit peddler, watches his unexceptional life disintegrate. Seduced and rejected to the point of a nervous breakdown, Hans drinks himself to death as he toasts his loved ones at the dinner table.
Publisher: New York, NY : Wellspring Media ; [S.l.] : Rainer Werner Fassbiner Foundation, [2002]
Edition: The Masterworks ed
Description: 1 videodisc (88 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in
ISBN: 9780794201982
Branch Call Number: DVD Merc


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Jun 23, 2017

This could be a good introduction to the terse, emotionally-layered films of Fassbinder, who is becoming recognized as having had a great impact during his short 37 years (deceased in 1982). His films focus on human themes that transcend era or epoch. Here we find a fruit-peddler, who, although seemingly doomed in his early forays into the world and cursed by his mother, continues to work to find meaning in his relationships with women, men, and the world of commerce. Yet, this well-meaning man sinks further into despair and depression, as life goes on. A poignant tale that is timeless, and as visionary today as it was the day it was released. Very highly recommended!

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