Bjarne Melgaard’s Film Selects: Fassbinder & Cavani

Part of Bjarne Melgaard’s The Casual Pleasure of Disappointment film screenings, Red Bull Arts New York presents selected cult classics.

The Night Porter (1974)
Directed by Liliana Cavani
March 4, 20174:30pm
Run Time: 94 Min

Enter the erotic psychological drama of Liliana Cavani’s The Night Porter (1974), a film about the sadomasochistic love story between a Nazi SS officer (Dirk Bogarde) and his POW (Charlotte Rampling). If you enjoy movies that are “Nazi chic” and sexually exploitative, you won’t be disappointed.

 

 

 

Ali: Fear Eats the Soul (1974)
Directed by Rainer Werner Fassbinder
March 18, 2017 ­­4:30pm
Run Time: 118 Min

Ali: Fear Eats the Soul chronicles the contentious but poignant relationship between Emmi (Brigitte Mira), a 60-something German woman, and her much younger suitor Ali (El Hedi ben Salem), a Moroccan migrant worker. As their romance unravels, Fassbinder probes at ageism, masculinity and xenophobia.

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Querelle (1982)
Directed by Rainer Werner Fassbinder
April 8, 2017 4:30pm
Run Time: 108 Min

Avant-garde director Rainer Werner Fassbinder adapts Jean Genet’s 1947 novel Querelle de Brest in Querelle (1982), his final film before his passing. This surrealistic, campy film centers on the young sailor Georges Querelle, who finds himself in a mess of murder, sex and questionable love. When the film debuted in 1982, The New York Times stated, “For something that might be called a Fassbinder-Genet joint venture, Querelle is exceedingly discreet, resolutely unshocking and unprovocative.” 

While the film received mixed reviews, its success hinged on presenting “an uncompromising portrayal of gay male sensibility from a major filmmaker,” as noted by film critic Penny Ashbrook in her 1993 publication, The Sexual Imagination: From Acker to Zola.

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The Night Porter (1974)

The Night Porter (1974)

Ali: Fear Eats the Soul (1974)

Ali: Fear Eats the Soul (1974)

Querelle (1982)

Querelle (1982)