L.A. Repertory Cinema Pick: Fassbinder returns to Hollywood, May 28-30

L.A.'s Egyptian Theater devotes three nights to a kind of Fassbinder greatest-hits: The big attraction here is the local premiere of Fassbinder: To Love without Demands, a new doc by critic Christian Braad Thomsen, who filmed interviews with Fassbinder throughout the 1970s, right up to the director's final weeks. Read more [...]

Hardboiled Bavaria: Fassbinder’s ‘Gods of the Plague’

Out now on Blu-Ray and DVD: It’s not clear how seriously we’re supposed to take Gods of the Plague, Fassbinder's second mock- film noir, but the nighttime B&W photography in particular sure is something to look at. Read more [...]

Why Fassbinder’s sleazy gangsters and slackers are worth watching today

Out this week on Blu-Ray and DVD, a set of five early films from Fassbinder: This German director's early features are like mashups of 1940s American noir and 1960s underground movies. They're still impressively seedy today, but there are plenty of other reasons to watch them. Read more [...]