"The Stationmaster's Wife"
Directed by Rainer Werner Fassbinder
is the bored wife whose flamboyant affairs epitomize the fake bourgeois morality and
buried social and political resentments within German society. Her pleasant, attentive
husband (Kurt Raab) is no match for the succession of oppressive lovers she falls prey to.
Fassbinder dramatizes this through a Sirkian deployment of bold, ironic colors, brisk
melodrama and tight framing. With Bernard Helfrich, Karl Heinz-von Hassel and Udo
Kier. German with English subtitles. 113