"In the Year of Thirteen Moons"
Directed by Rainer Werner Fassbinder
One of Fassbinder's
most unusual and daring films, In a Year of Thirteen Moons stars Erwin Spengler as
a man desperately in love with his business partner. He decides to have a sex change
operation, becomes Elvira, but this fails to attract the love of his beloved. Instead, the
new "she" finds a series of damaging relationships and betrayals. Fassbinder
uses harsh color, asymmetrical sets, a dissonant sound track and alternating
narrative techniques to evoke the pain of Erwin/Elvira in a film that
stretches the boundaries of conventional storytelling. Letterboxed. German with English
subtitles. 124 minutes.
DVD includes an introduction by Richard Linklater; a commentary
track by Fassbinder collaborator Juliane Lorenz; a conversation with Volker
Spengler and Werner Schroeter; and liner notes by Robert Kolker.