‘Writing and Thinking, Writing and Thinking, Processing and Thinking and Writing’
Berlin Alexanderplatz (1980) sits heavily on my shoulder again. The Epilogue has really thrown a spanner into the works. I’m confused but I haven’t had a chance to watch it again, yet. Just writing down thoughts and cutting and pasting the entries from the six days without Wi-Fi last week.
‘Wrapping up Fassbinder with Fear eating the soul’
Berlin Alexanderplatz (1980) is a late film and Ali: Fear Eats the Soul is a 1975 film. This is what I need to do to create my own epilogue to Fassbinder fortnight.
While my head is in the land of Werner Rainer Fassbinder, it makes sense to see the other film of his that pops up on the 100 Greatest Films lists. I have no idea what it is about what its style or genre is like. What I know is that it is tied at 93 with nine other films, rounding out the hundred. The films it ties with are Life and Death of Colonel Blimp (1943), Touki Bouki (1973), Madame de… (1953), The Seventh Seal (1957), Un chien andalou (1928), Intolerance (1916), A One and a Two (1999) and Imitation of Life (1959). Fassbinder’s name is in the company of D.W. Griffith, Luis Bunuel, Max Ophuls, Ingmar Bergman and Michael Powell, indisputably great filmmakers. On the Director’s List it ties with sixteen other films at #75. The next number is #91 which has sixteen films tied, rounding out the top one hundred.