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The Merchant of Four Seasons
The Merchant of Four Seasons
Actors: Hark Bohm, Ingrid Caven, Peter Chatel, Michael Fengler, El Hedi ben Salem
Genres: Indie & Art House, Drama
NR     2002     1hr 28min

Rainer Werner Fassbinder had 12 features under his belt when he finally found success at home and earned international acclaim for The Merchant of Four Seasons. Hans Hirschmüller stars as Hans, who returns from a stint in ...  more »

     
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Actors: Hark Bohm, Ingrid Caven, Peter Chatel, Michael Fengler, El Hedi ben Salem
Genres: Indie & Art House, Drama
Sub-Genres: Indie & Art House, Drama
Studio: Fox Lorber
Format: DVD - Color,Widescreen - Subtitled
DVD Release Date: 07/09/2002
Theatrical Release Date: 01/01/1975
Release Year: 2002
Run Time: 1hr 28min
Screens: Color,Widescreen
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 8
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: Arabic, German
Subtitles: English
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Movie Reviews

Deeply moving film & superb DVD "Masterworks Edition"
J. Clark | metro New York City | 08/07/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)

"MERCHANT OF FOUR SEASONS is the deeply moving tale of a German fruit-peddler searching for love and meaning in his life. Not only was this Fassbinder's first major commercial success, it is also one of his best films, and marks a crucial turning point in his career. Stylistically it both looks back to his earlier, more abstract "theatrical" films (like KATZELMACHER), and ahead to his unique melodramas (MARRIAGE OF MARIA BRAUN). MERCHANT is an ideal film to begin exploring - or re-exploring - Fassbinder. Wellspring Media has created a superb "Masterworks Edition" DVD of the film, made from a gorgeously-restored print, with your choice of hearing either a new Dolby 5.1 soundtrack (which I recommend) or the original stereo. They also include two full-length documentaries about Fassbinder: Juliane Lorenz's 90-minute "Life, Love & Celluloid," a fascinating look at Fassbinder's legacy (featuring no film clips but staged scenes, in English, from his plays, plus many revealing interviews); and Alessandro Colizzi's "The Many Women of Fassbinder," which offers a good overview of Fassbinder's career - featuring extensive film clips - while deconstructing the myth of Fassbinder's "misogyny." There is also an insightful and entertaining optional full-length commentary track by Fassbinder's friend Wim Wenders (director of WINGS OF DESIRE, and co-founder with Fassbinder, Werner Herzog, and others, of the influential 1970s New German Cinema movement), and much more. This is an exceptional DVD release of a great film."
ASTOUNDING WORK FROM THE GREATEST
M. J. Holmes | Santa Ana, CA USA | 10/19/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"filmmaker of the German New Wave,Merchant of Four Seasons is a truly heartbreaking film about thesorrows of a misspent life, conducted in a beautifully joyous manner.Hirschmuller, and especially(as usual) the actresses, Irm Hermann and Hanna Schygulla, are stunning .One of Master Fassbinder's most quietly powerful films, a study in how a great character study is to be done."
Rainer Werner Fassbinder--Remember the Man and his Films
Dr Victor S Alpher | Austin, Texas, U.S.A. | 05/05/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This could be a good introduction to the terse, emotionally-layered films of Fassbinder, who is becoming recognized as having had a great impact during his short 37 years (deceased in 1982). His films focus on human themes that transcend era or epoch. Here we find a fruit-peddler, who, although seemingly doomed in his early forays into the world and cursed by his mother, continues to work to find meaning in his relationships with women, men, and the world of commerce. Yet, this well-meaning man sinks further into despair and depression, as life goes on. A poignant tale that is timeless, and as visionary today as it was the day it was released. Very highly recommended!"
The Prince of Pain
khense | Los Angeles, CA | 07/14/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Fassbinder is the Prince of Pain. In "Merchant,"baby-faced Hans grew up with a cruel mother & driven-to-success siblings. Hans joined the foreign legion to prove himself-but got the greatest defeat of his life. Hans struggles to sell fruit in apartment courtyards (a dying trade). To sum it up: In battle, so called buddies could have helped more. In life, his wife could have helped more. In a unique Fassbinder ending both comic & melancholy,Hans loses interest in life, then ironically a woman he loves(now married)offers up a quickie (too little too late)."