"Pioneers of Ingolstadt"
Directed by Rainer W. Fassbinder
Although based on a play
by Marieluise Fleisser, this film is often cited as Fassbinder's homage to
Bertolt Brecht. The "pioneers" of the title were workers in a
government-backed project similar to America's W.P.A. in the 1930s.
Working on the construction of a bridge in the town of Ingolstadt, they
try to disrupt the boredom of their routine with heavy drinking and random
sexual escapades with prostitutes and other local women. The unfulfilled
desire for love and a low place on the ladder of society keep the
characters on the edge of personal surrender. The cast includes Fassbinder
regular Hanna Schygulla (The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant, The
Marriage of Maria Braun). Made for German television. German with
English subtitles. 87 minutes.