Directed by Rainer Werner Fassbinder
very black comedy about a would-be poet who imagines himself the
reincarnation of Stefan George, the 19th century homosexual German romantic
poet, is a biting indictment of the politics of fascism and the cult of the
individual. The film is also a satire of Fassbinder himself, as portrayed by
the main character, Walter Kranz. Violent slapstick, sight gags and sexual
debauchery abound in this vision of Artaud's Theater of Cruelty.
Starring Kurt Raab, Helen Vita, and Volker Spengler. German with English subtitles.