ICE-Vision: The Merchant of Four Seasons (Rainer Werner Fassbinder, 1972)
Wednesday, February 20 at 8 PM
Lamar Dodd School of Art Room S150
ICE-Vision continues with Film Studies major Daniel LoPilato’s weekly selections of eclectic, idiosyncratic, psychotronic, or otherwise eccentric excursions into world cinema.
Originally shot for German television, this alienating drama is the first feature in Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s melodrama cycle, influenced by the American director Douglas Sirk. The Merchant of Four Seasons tells the bleak story of Hans, an ex-soldier who must become a fruit-seller after losing employment in a world where dignity, let alone happiness, is a rare commodity. Shot in a rich palette of unrelenting color, this look into a marriage destroyed by infidelity and neglect bears the unsettling force of Fassbinder’s filmmaking.