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American Soldier, The

Director:  Rainer Werner Fassbinder
Year Released:  1970
Rating:  2.0

Typically weird entry from Fassbinder's 'earlier' years (if you could parse up such a short but productive life into such simplified sections) that's as flippant as Katzelmacher and equally perplexing. I think it's a backhanded slap at America's involvement in Vietnam (the title killer is a veteran) - or maybe even an attack on U.S. 'products' as comic books (actress/director Margarethe von Trotta reads Batman), pinball, rock and roll and, naturally, moody noirs about shady murderers, hard drinking and cops - but I'm not exactly sure - it's never dull, but its long-term impact is negligible. People often complain that Peter Greenaway is a major put-on artist, but I'm not sure if, at times, Fassbinder wasn't one too.

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