"Merchant of Four Seasons"
Directed by Rainer Werner Fassbinder
Winner of the
Filmstrip in Gold from the German Film Awards for Outstanding Individual Achievement by an
Actor (Hans Hirschmuller), and Actress (Irm Hermann). A climax in the prolific
career of Rainer Werner Fassbinder. The story, that of a fruit peddler who watches his
unexceptional life disintegrate, sounds like a slice-of-life melodrama gone slightly amok,
but the treatment is everything; a virtuoso balance of soap opera, social comedy, irony,
politics, farce and brilliant ensemble acting. German with English subtitles. With Irm
Hermann, Hanna Schygulla. 88 minutes.