THE BITTER TEARS OF PETRA VON KANT (Rainer Werner Fassbinder, 1972)

Perhaps it is the confinement to a single room and adjacent spaces in one two-floor apartment that accounts for writer-director Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s achievement of such creative, captivating mise-en-scène in Die bitteren Tränen der Petra von Kant, based on his play. The claustrophobia of the set—fashion designer Petra von Kant’s apartment, although richly dressed, is […]