Late-period nothingness from Fassbinder, seemingly drained of energy and passion, and still blathering on about his nation's horrific past. Truly Godardian in set-up - down to the elaborate color schemes - as People merely represent Ideas by acting as Metaphors, and the impassive screenplay never deals in plotting or conflict and doesn't bother with drama in the slightest. Women are, again, Objects to be Beaten or Bought and Sold, and Men are the only competent ones around - Armin Mueller-Stahl, for example, is strong as the 'honest' city official.
Director: Rainer Werner Fassbinder
Year Released: 1981