Early Fassbinder on DVD
This welcome Criterion set contains five of the German prodigy’s first movies, all made in 1969 and 1970. The two psychodramas, Katzelmacher (with Fassbinder playing a persecuted guest worker) and Beware of a Holy Whore (in which Lou Castel plays Fassbinder) are great; the noirs, Love is Colder Than Death, Gods of the Plague, and The American Soldier, are fabulously pragmatic knock-offs.
The box set will be released on August 29. For more details, or to pre-order, please visit the Criterion Collection's website.
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