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Starring: Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Sigi Graue, Margarethe von Trotta
Director: Volker Schlöndorff
Plot Synopsis:

Volker Schlöndorff transported Bertolt Brecht’s 1918 debut play to contemporary West Germany for this vicious experiment in adaptation, seldom seen for nearly half a century. Oozing with brutish charisma, Rainer Werner Fassbinder embodies the eponymous anarchist poet, who feels himself cast out from bourgeois society and sets off on a schnapps-soaked rampage. Hewing faithfully to Brecht’s text, Schlöndorff juxtaposes the theatricality of the prose with bare-bones, handheld 16 mm camera work, which gives immediacy to this savage story of rebellion. Featuring a supporting cast of Fassbinder’s troupe of theater actors as well as Margarethe von Trotta, Baal demonstrates the uncompromising nature of Schlöndorff’s vision and forged a path for New German Cinema.

  • Release Details
    Release Date: March 20th, 2018
    Movie Release Year: 1970
    Release Country: United States
    Movie Studio: Criterion
  • Technical Specs
    Length:84 Minutes
    Video Resolution/Codec:1080p/AVC MPEG-4
    Aspect Ratio(s):1.37:1
    Audio Formats:German LPCM Mono
    Special Features:Interviews from 1973 and 2015 with Schlöndorff
    New conversation between actor Ethan Hawke and playwright Jonathan Marc Sherman about the play and adaptation
    New interview with actor and filmmaker Margarethe von Trotta
    New interview with film historian Eric Rentschler
    PLUS: An essay by critic Dennis Lim

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