Chinese Roulette

  • Dir: Rainer Werner Fassbinder

  • West Germany/France, 1978, 86minmins, DCP

  • Cast: Margit Carstensen, Alexander Allerson, Anna Karina, Ulli Lommel, Macha Méril

Gerhard (Allerson) tells his wife Ariane (Carstensen) that he’s going on a business trip, but he’s actually taking his French mistress (Karina) to the family mansion for a weekend tryst. But when Gerhard finds Ariane in the mansion with her lover (Lommel), the weekend getaway turns into a psychological battle of deception and betrayal. Fassbinder was given a larger budget for his first international co-production, but he delivered a denselypacked head-spinning return to his avant-garde roots that renowned film scholar Andrew Sarris once devoted an entire course to it.

6/6 (Sat): Film talk with Long Tin


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