A parable of art and power, cruelty and resistance, responsibility and fear
"Miss Magnani is perfect in timing and verve as the very personification of robust femininity." (Variety)
One of Fassbinder's greatest commercial successes
Winner of the Foreign Language Oscar 2007!
Helmut Käutner's gradiose portait of Bavaria's fairy-tale monarch
"The film shows how and why a revolution fails." (Rainer Werner Fassbinder)
In a style reminiscent of Brecht's "epic theater", Fassbinder compellingly shows the rift between the capitalist and the worker.
"...a work which consummately expresses all of the director's tender languor, style, sensitivity, human warmth and tranquil virtuosity....
In competition at the Cannes Film Festival - Winner of the Spanish Goya Award for Best Screenplay
A broken family. A tragic illness. The will to live...
50th Anniversary in 2004
"...a filmic ritual of downfall...the expression of an entirely detached pessimism..." (Süddeutsche Zeitung)