"The American Soldier"
Directed by Rainer Werner Fassbinder
Fassbinder's homage to
Hollywood gangster films is updated for the seventies. Murder is still for sale, but crime
is organized by the state, not by the mob. Ricky--hired first by the U.S. to fight in
Vietnam, and now by the German police--follows orders to kill: kill soldiers, kill
strangers, kill even his girlfriend. Although Ricky wears a soft fedora (as well as a
white double-breasted suit), it is Fassbinder who tips his hat, with secondary characters
named Walsh and Fuller. Stars Karl Scheydt, Fassbinder, Margarethe von Trotta and Kurt
Raab. German with English subtitles.