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A film by Rainer Werner Fassbinder

A Film Forum Premiere

Special Film Forum price: $33.00

“Inspires. Has more than enough cinematic pleasures, engaging characters, and narrative surprises for the most discerning of binge viewers.”

– Amy Taubin, Artforum

“CRITIC’S PICK. A neglected masterpiece. Here is a work that - in the generosity of its scope and the sophistication of its staging - makes Mr. Fassbinder look more inventive than just about any filmmaker working today… A complete surprise - funnier, more humane and more optimistic than anything in the Fassbinder canon… A comedy...a lighthearted polemic… The polish of Mr. Fassbinder’s direction is a marvel...the fluidity of his camera and blocking is miraculous. For sheer joy per minute of film, there’s nothing playing now that comes close.”

– Ben Kenigsberg, The New York Times

The astonishingly prolific Rainer Werner Fassbinder (1945-1982) directed over 40 movies in 15 years. Yet one of his most sprawling works has remained unreleased in the U.S. until now: the epic 1972 working-class miniseries, EIGHT HOURS DON’T MAKE A DAY. It stars many of his favored actors: Hanna Schygulla (THE MARRIAGE OF MARIA BRAUN), Gottfried John (BERLIN ALEXANDERPLATZ), Irm Hermann (THE MERCHANT OF FOUR SEASONS), Kurt Raab (WHY DOES HERR R. RUN AMOK?). It’s a family drama in which the rights of both workers and wives are up for grabs. The vagaries of postwar German capitalism and the changing relationships among men, women, and children fuel the mix through weddings, birthdays, family dinners, workers’ meetings, and romantic trysts. Fassbinder’s people find themselves strangers in a strange new world -- a prescient insight into 21st century anomie.

3 Disc DVD box set includes:
- New 2K digital restoration by the Rainer Werner Fassbinder Foundation, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack

-“Eight Hours Don’t Make a Day”: A Series Becomes a Family Reunion, a 2017 documentary directed by Juliane Lorenz, featuring interviews with actors Hanna Schygulla, Irm Hermann, Wolfgang Schenck, and Hans Hirschmüller

-New interview with film scholar Jane Shattuc

-New English subtitle translation

-An essay by scholar Moira Weigel

Our Price: $33.00 plus tax and handling. DOMESTIC ORDERS ONLY – for international orders please email

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