Directed by Rainer W. Fassbinder
This early Fassbinder
feature is one of the prolific director's most unjustly overlooked
works--a provocative, compelling film in which he fully embraces the
unique style of melodrama that would mark many of his best-known movies.
The story concerns the illegitimate, mulatto son of a wealthy white man,
who acts as servant, confidant, nanny and whipping boy to his father's
decadent family. As the situation becomes unbearable, murder is offered as
one possible escape. This film marked the first collaboration between
Fassbinder and acclaimed cinematographer Michael Ballhaus. Gunther
Kaufman, Hanna Schygulla and Ulli Lommel star. German with English
subtitles. 102 minutes.