Eight Hours Don't Make a Day

(Germany/1972—directed by Rainer Werner Fassbinder)

Legendary German filmmaker Rainer Werner Fassbinder (1945 – 1982) shook the cinema world, directing 44 movies in just 15 years. His best-known films (The Marriage of Maria Braun, Berlin Alexanderplatz) received wide distribution, yet one of his early successes in Germany has never been seen here – until now. This epic 1972 TV miniseries was a straightforward, critically controversial melodrama about the family and friends of factory worker Jochen (Gottfried John). Private and professional lives merge as family festivities, job changes, rents, romance, prejudice against immigrants, business fraud, child care and pay bonuses blend into a tapestry of a society redefining itself. Restored in 2017, the complete eight-hour series – in three parts – will be presented over three days. In German with English subtitles. Note: your ticket will admit you to all three parts. (476 min. total)

“A thrilling new peak in Fassbinder’s towering career.” -Aliza Ma, Film Comment

This is a three-part film, presented over three days. One ticket will admit you to all three parts.

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