What Got This Director Here?: Body of work.
My Favorite Past Experience Was…: Querelle? Need to see more and rewatch some too.
What Did I Watch: His debut, Love is Colder Than Death.
Where Does He Fit: Fassbinder’s debut is an odd little tribute to the French New Wave that perhaps owes too much of a debt to Breathless and the theater where he started out (interestingly, the dedications go more for talky filmmakers like Straub/Huillet). The sparse style is compelling and works for itself, and the director himself has screen presence to spare, but no one is a particularly great actor in this and the plot is toned down in terms of stakes. It has a certain strange watchability to it, but it is the definition of “for completionists only.” The irony, of course, is how little Fassbinder I have seen.
Most Valuable Asset: Studies of sex and sadism.
Most Excited For: Bitter Tears of Petra Von Kant.
Did They Deserve a Spot?: Seems likely.
Coming Up Next: Taiwan’s slowest and smartest, Hou Hsiao-Hsien.