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With: Irm Hermann, Hans Hirschmüller, Hanna Schygulla, Klaus Löwitsch
Written by: Rainer Werner Fassbinder
Directed by: Rainer Werner Fassbinder
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Language: German with English subtitles
Running Time: 88
Date: 11/04/1971

The Merchant of Four Seasons (1972)

3 1/2 Stars (out of 4)

Apples & Oranges

By Jeffrey M. Anderson

In Rainer Werner Fassbinder's The Merchant of Four Seasons a former fruit peddler Hans (Hans Hirschmüller), unable to continue in his work, attempts to build a business for himself and his wife (Irm Hermann), whom he barely cares about. The soul-sucking nature of capitalism drives this brilliant film, but the rich characters and the almost constant tension keep it emotionally resonant. Filmmaker Wim Wenders provides a commentary track for this excellent new DVD. A Criterion Blu-ray followed in 2015.

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