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Film, "Middle of Nowhere": In L.A., Real Life Flourishes

"Middle of Nowhere": In L.A., Real Life Flourishes

When Ruby (played by the stunning Emayatzy Corinealdi) tells the new man in her life she likes "indie" movies, it's both a declaration of identity and a dare. The man, Brian (David Oyelowo), a bus driver who has politely but…
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Film, "World on a Wire": Newly Restored Fassbinder Sci-Fi Gem from 1973

"World on a Wire": Newly Restored Fassbinder Sci-Fi Gem from 1973

There are movies that make news and movies that are news. World on a Wire is one of the latter. A virtually unknown, newly restored, 1973 two-part telefilm directed by long-gone wunderkind Rainer Werner Fassbinder at the height of his…
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The Bitter Tears of Petra Von Kant

The actors in Last Planet Theatre's latest offering spend the first half of Rainer Werner Fassbinder's stunning character study of a woman torn apart by desire for another woman shedding tears of laughter, and the second half shedding tears of…
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Calendar, Night&Day Brains and <i>Braun</i>

Brains and Braun

You'd think that with a life as crazed as his was -- oceans of drink, drugs, sleazy sex, suicidal male lovers, and tormented wives -- Rainer Werner Fassbinder wouldn't have had time to make movies. He did, though, cramming into…
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Stage

Beware the Holy Vampire Blood on the Cat's Neck. By Rainer Werner Fassbinder. Directed by Mark Nishimura. Starring Katie Hemmeter, Carlo Mapa, Brian Bonham, Jereme Anglin, Howard Squires, Ray Rea, Nadine Defranoux, Dawn Nott, Sarah Green, and Janine Pibal. At…
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Second Time Around

A suitable finale for the run of films by Rainer Werner Fassbinder that has been playing in the Bay Area for the last two months. The director's awe-inspiring 15-1/2-hour TV miniseries Berlin Alexanderplatz (1979-80) will unspool in a free…
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Second Time Around

World on a Wire Walnut-headed engineer Karl Lswitsch makes some disturbing discoveries while supervising a computerized "artificial miniature world" of some 9,000 "identity units." Colleagues die mysteriously or disappear, and the unit named Einstein is undermining the engineer's faith in…
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Colder Than Death

"Rainer Werner Fassbinder" A retrospective. At the Castro, 429 Castro (at Market), July 25 through Aug. 2. Call 621-6120. Also at the Pacific Film Archive, 2625 Durant (at College) in Berkeley, through Aug. 31. Call (510) 642-1124. At the beginning…
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Second Time Around

Why Did Herr F. Run Amok? Rainer Werner Fassbinder, the prolific and profligate German filmmaker who died in 1982 after having logged just about as many films as years he was alive (37), began his career rattling off 10 features…
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