DESPAIR (Rainer Werner Fassbinder, 1978)

Russian emigrĂ© Hermann Hermann, who owns a chocolate factory in 1930s Berlin prior to Hitler’s becoming chancellor, is in despair because he lacks all sense of who he is—maritally, culturally, politically. He is a bourgeois capitalist who despises bourgeois capitalism; his wife, whom he continually chides for being dense, oftentimes seems like a projection of […]