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Baal (The Criterion Collection) [Blu-ray]

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Actor: Rainer Werner Fassbinder

Audience Rating: Unrated (Not Rated)

Director: Volker Schlondorff

Edition: Criterion Collection

Format: Full Screen

Number Of Discs: 1

Publisher: Criterion Collection

Release Date: 2018-03-20

Running Time: 84

Details: Volker Schlöndorff transported Bertolt Brecht's 1918 debut play to contemporary West Germany for this vicious experiment in adaptation, seldom seen for nearly half a century. Oozing with brutish charisma, Rainer Werner Fassbinder embodies the eponymous anarchist poet, who feels himself cast out from bourgeois society and sets off on a schnapps-soaked rampage. Hewing faithfully to Brecht's text, Schlöndorff juxtaposes the theatricality of the prose with bare-bones, handheld 16 mm camera work, which gives immediacy to this savage story of rebellion. Featuring a supporting cast of Fassbinder's troupe of theater actors as well as Margarethe von Trotta, BAAL demonstrates the uncompromising nature of Schlöndorff's vision and forged a path for New German Cinema.

DIRECTOR-APPROVED BLU-RAY SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES
- New, restored 2K digital transfer, supervised by director Volker Schlöndorff, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack
- Interviews from 1973 and 2015 with Schlöndorff
- New conversation between actor Ethan Hawke and playwright Jonathan Marc Sherman about the play and adaptation
- New interview with actor and filmmaker Margarethe von Trotta
- New interview with film historian Eric Rentschler
- New English subtitle translation
- PLUS: An essay by critic Dennis Lim

UPC: 715515213011

EAN: 0715515213011