'The Early Works of Rainer Werner Fassbinder' brings together all of the German director's surviving works from the 1960s plus a documentary portrait examining his earliest days as a filmmaker. In the two short films, 'The City Tramp' and 'The Little Chaos', we find Fassbinder in search of an identity. In the two features, 'Love is Colder Than Death' and 'Katzelmacher', he begins to discover it. Dedicated to Claude Chabrol, Éric Rohmer, Jean-Marie Straub and the main characters from Spaghetti Western A Bullet for the General, Love is Colder Than Death is a playful crime picture, heavily indebted to the nouvelle vague. Katzelmacher is more in line with Fassbinder's stage efforts, a character study and mini-melodrama in which the dynamic between a group of friends is radically altered by the arrival of an immigrant worker.
Two early short films by Rainer Werner Fassbinder, The Little Chaos and The City Tramp
Newly-filmed interview with actor Ulli Lommel on Love is Colder Than Death
End of the Commune?, Joachim von Mengershausen's 1970 documentary portrait of Fassbinder and his troupe including rare footage of his actors rehearsing and Love is Colder Than Death's premiere at the 1969 Berlin Film Festival
Original theatrical trailer for Katzelmacher
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