Beginning this Friday, the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (BAMPFA) will be presenting a film series featuring the cinema of Rainer Werner Fassbinder. In response of having previously presented the director’s epic television works including Berlin Alexanderplatz and World on a Wire, BAMPFA is now giving patrons an opportunity to view Fassbinder’s films on the big screen, thanks to a conjunction with both Roxie Theater and the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, both of San Francisco. This would be especially true to younger generations, who have yet to discover Fassbinder’s work, or perhaps have already done so.
The film series begins with two of Fassbinder’s films. The first is Love Is Colder Than Death, a 1969 film set in a black-and-white world of Hollywood Gangster, and also happens to have the title to be the same as this film series. Also screened on the same day is Ali: Fear Eats the Soul (1973), a film about an unlikely love between a washerwoman, and a Moroccan guest worker twenty years younger than she is. The film series will show films spanning thirteen years, featuring late 1960s to early 1970s films such as the lowlife gangster flick Gods of the Plague (1969), In Only Want You to Love Me (1975), a film about a bricklayer’s search for love denied during his childhood. The series’ 1980s films include 1982 Querelle, a film known for its uncompromising portrayal of male homosexuality, and yes is the one that stars Midnight Express star Brad Davis.
The Rainer Werner Fassbinder film series runs until December 15th. Log on to bampfa.berkeley.edu for times and features films, and other information such as admission.