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Baal

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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.

  • Technical Specs
    Length:84 Minutes
    Specs:Blu-ray
    Video Resolution/Codec:1080p/AVC MPEG-4
    Aspect Ratio(s):1.37:1
    Audio Formats:German LPCM Mono
    Subtitles/Captions:English
    Special Features:Interviews from 1973 and 2015 with SchlöndorffNew conversation between actor Ethan Hawke and playwright Jonathan Marc Sherman about the play and adaptationNew interview with actor and filmmaker Margarethe von TrottaNew interview with film historian Eric RentschlerPLUS: An essay by critic Dennis Lim