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Fassbinder's "Mother Kusters Goes to Heaven"

Join us on Saturday, November 30, when we see Rainer Werner Fassbinder's stylish, satirical melodrama Mother Kusters Goes to Heaven (1975), part of the Pacific Film Archive's ongoing Fassbinder retrospective. 

"Fassbinder slyly updates a 1929 German film, Mother Krausens' Journey to Happiness--in which a slum-dwelling mother's world is shattered when her son is arrested--to the Germany of the Economic Miracle. The middle-aged Frau Küsters (Brigitte Mira) is content to contribute to the miracle by putting screws into plugs by the thousands, until the day her gentle husband mysteriously runs amok in the workplace, killing the boss's son and then himself. In her efforts to have it all make sense, the very lumpen Mother Küsters becomes the naive object of prying reporters and the darling of the Communist Party, at least until the elections. Meanwhile, her sleazy chanteuse daughter (Ingrid Caven) mines the sensational killings for publicity. Beautifully shot and framed to effect both deadpan parody and crisp Brechtian pathos, the film is shown with two endings: the unsparing original, and the American-release 'happy ending' that some, including Fassbinder, held to be even more pessimistic."


Pacific Film Archive Tickets, Information, and Directions: http://www.bampfa.berkeley.edu/visit/directions 

7:45 Purchase tickets at PFA's Box Office (2575 Bancroft) then meet across the street at Cafe Milano (2522 Bancroft) for salads/sandwiches/coffee.

8:15 Head to PFA's theater (2575 Bancroft) to take our seats. The film program starts at 8:30.

10:30 We will meet afterwards at Caffe Strada (two blocks up Bancroft, at 2300 College) for conversation.

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  • John

    This superb mid-period Fassbinder film boasted wonderful acting, Brechtian comic irony, and marvelous photography and editing. We had a lively discussion afterwards. Thanks everyone!

    1 · December 5, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    just saw that "In the mood for love" precedes. Thats a favorite of mine.

    November 30, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    oh I would LOVE to go, except I am bartending that Sat night. :/

    November 29, 2013

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