Ich will doch nur, daß ihr mich liebt (I Only Want You to Love Me) 1975–76 Ages 15+

3.00PM Sat 2 Jun 2018 (1hr 45mins)
GOMA | Cinema A | Free

SYNOPSIS

I Only Want You to Love Me takes its title from the mantra of its central character, but it could easily have served as a working title for any number of Fassbinder's films, or even a personal maxim throughout his life. The story of a hard-working bricklayer's forlorn quest for approval, the film was the last of Fassbinder's working-class melodramas. Peter (Vitus Zeplichal) offers a doglike devotion to his family, using his little earnings to lavish presents on his new wife and even building a house for his distant, indifferent parents. As the overwhelming weight of bourgeois materialism bears down on him, Peter becomes an explosive social casualty. Although the case study of a convicted murderer forms the basis for I Only Want You to Love Me, it is a nakedly personal film for Fassbinder, echoing his own strained relationship with his parents and his desperate need for affection.

Ages 15+

CREDITS

16MM, 1.33:1, COLOUR, MONO, 104 MINUTES, WEST GERMANY, GERMAN (ENGLISH SUBTITLES) / DIRECTOR/SCRIPT: RAINER WERNER FASSBINDER / BASED ON THE BOOK 'LEBENSLAENGLICH' BY KLAUS ANTES AND CHRISTIANE ERHARDT / CINEMATOGRAPHER: MICHAEL BALLHAUS / EDITOR: LIESGRET SCHMITT-KLINK / PRODUCTION DESIGNER: KURT RAAB / MUSIC: PEER RABEN / CAST: VITUS ZEPLICHAL, ELKE ABERLE, JOHANNA HOFER / PRODUCTION CO: BAVARIA ATELIER, MUNICH; WESTDEUTSCHER RUNDFUNK, KÖLN / PRINT SOURCE: BAVARIA MEDIA