Directed by Rainer W. Fassbinder
Fassbinder paints a portrait of a hollow, loveless
German bourgeois in this extravagantly baroque look at a self-centered,
wealthy woman, Martha (Margit Carstensen), who is slowly destroyed
psychologically by her sadistic new husband, Helmut (Karlheinz Bohm).
Fassbinder masterfully charts Helmut's abuse and Martha's ambivalence
through shrewd and bold visual touches and superb direction. "...a treasure
amongst treasures: the most pure, most exaltant of Fassbinder's melodramas."
(Eithne O'Neill, Positif). Includes the documentary, Fassbinder in
Hollywood, featuring interviews with Hanna Schygulla, Ulli Lommel, Michael
Ballhaus and Wim Wenders. German with optional English subtitles.