Oskar Roehler’s “Enfant Terrible” runs by an impressively packed compendium of Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s life and works — the brilliance, the sadism, the compassion and the leopard-print suiting.
Roehler begins with Fassbinder upending Munich’s Action Theatre in his early 20s, and his fearless creative expertise suggests a pressure of nature unleashed upon an unsuspecting world. An account of milestones from the director’s 40-plus options follows, from “Love Is Colder Than Death” to the Cannes breakthrough of “Ali: Fear Eats the Soul” to the narcotic dream of “Querelle.” He holds rapt a circle of collaborators and lovers, however his sadistic habits and drug jags (he died in 1982 at 37) made it like being pals with a twister.
Famous Fassbinder gamers embrace the actor Kurt Raab (Hary Prinz), and El Hedi ben Salem (Erdal Yildiz), the male lead of “Ali: Fear Eats the Soul” and a lover; not all seem by identify (Frida-Lovisa Hamann’s rising star, “Martha,” appears to be Hanna Schygulla). Oliver Masucci (“Dark”) presides because the slovenly genius himself, and I like him when he’s screaming and copulating however I nonetheless needed extra. (Fanboy quibble: the actor flaunts a potbelly however he’s almost half a foot taller than Fassbinder.)
Roehler shoots “Enfant Terrible” on stage-like studio units, working by sure stylistic parts from sure Fassbinder movies. The look provides to an affectionate tribute that’s greater than a Hollywood-style “greatest hits,” partly simply due to Fassbinder’s loving embrace of queer and working-class expertise. But the movie feels each airtight and declarative, and it’s folly to continuously remind a viewer of Fassbinder’s impossible-to-replicate alchemy of colour, lighting, angles and fervour.
Not rated. In German, French and English, with subtitles. Running time: 2 hour 14 minutes. In choose theaters and on virtual cinemas. Please seek the advice of the guidelines outlined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention earlier than watching films inside theaters.