The Merchant of Four Seasons

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  • Genre(s): Drama
  • Release year: 1972
  • Running time: 88 min
New German Cinema icon Rainer Werner Fassbinder kicked off a new phase of his young career when he made the startling The Merchant of Four Seasons. In this anguished yet mordantly funny film, Fassbinder charts the decline of a self-destructive former... read more
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New German Cinema icon Rainer Werner Fassbinder kicked off a new phase of his young career when he made the startling The Merchant of Four Seasons. In this anguished yet mordantly funny film, Fassbinder charts the decline of a self-destructive former policeman and war veteran struggling to make ends meet for his family by working as a fruit vendor. Fassbinder had gained acclaim for a series of trenchant, quickly made early films, but for this one he took more time and forged a new style—featuring a more complexly woven script and narrative structure and more sophisticated use of the camera, and influenced by the work of his recently discovered idol, Douglas Sirk. The result is a meticulously made, unforgiving social satire.

Original Release

02/10/1972

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Cast

Hans Hirschmüller Husband / Hans Epp
Irm Hermann Wife / Irmgard Epp
Hanna Schygulla Hans's single sister / Anna Epp / Anna Epp, Hans's sister
Andrea Schober Hans's daughter / Renate Epp / Renate Epp, Hans's daughter
Klaus Lowitsch 2nd salesman / Harry Radek / Harry
Kurt Raab Heide's husband / Kurt
Ingrid Caven Hans's great love / die große Liebe
Hark Bohm Chief Policeman / Polizei-Vorgesetzter
Walter Sedlmayr Fruit cart salesman / Karren-Verkäufer
Lilo Pempeit Customer / Kundin
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Directors

Rainer Werner Fassbinder

Writers

Rainer Werner Fassbinder

Cast

Hans Hirschmüller Husband / Hans Epp
Irm Hermann Wife / Irmgard Epp
Hanna Schygulla Hans's single sister / Anna Epp / Anna Epp, Hans's sister
Andrea Schober Hans's daughter / Renate Epp / Renate Epp, Hans's daughter
Klaus Lowitsch 2nd salesman / Harry Radek / Harry
Kurt Raab Heide's husband / Kurt
Ingrid Caven Hans's great love / die große Liebe
Hark Bohm Chief Policeman / Polizei-Vorgesetzter
Walter Sedlmayr Fruit cart salesman / Karren-Verkäufer
Lilo Pempeit Customer / Kundin
El Hedi ben Salem The Arab / Araber
Jurgen Prochnow weiterer Stammtisch-Bruder / Mann Am Stammtisch / Man at the Meeting Table
Rainer Werner Fassbinder Zucker / Hans's friend
Peter Chatel Dr. Harlach
Harry Baer 2nd Candidate
Michael Fengler Playboy
Daniel Schmid 1st Candidate
Elga Sorbas The whore / Marile
Gusti Kreissl Mother Epp
Peter Gauhe Kurt

Editors

Thea Eymèsz

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