Acht Stunden sind kein Tag (Eight Hours Don’t Make a Day) (Part 4) 1972-73 Ages 15+
1.30PM Sun 29 Oct 2017 (1hr 29mins)
GOMA | Cinema A | Free
Commissioned by German television as an eight part serial, Eight Hours Don't Make a Day was envisioned as a family miniseries about the lives of the working class. Only five episodes were completed, as German trade unionists who felt misrepresented derailed production on the remaining instalments. But the series effectively exposed Fassbinder to a mass audience, reaching nearly six million viewers. A portrait of three generations of an eccentric and genial working-class family, the show addressed social realities while making no pretensions about the economic background of its characters. Fassbinder depicts them tenderly, making their daily struggles relatable as they stage demonstrations at city hall and mobilise workers against factory management. In an interview about the series Fassbinder stated, "We're not interested in an analysis of conditions; we want to give people courage. As a group, there exist possibilities that an individual doesn't have. That's a good thing, and it can lead to something." This call to social solidarity makes Eight Hours Don't Make a Day one of Fassbinder's most humanist works.
16MM TRANSFERRED TO DCP (4K RESTORATION), COLOUR, STEREO, 101 MINUTES (PART 1), 100 MINUTES (PART 2), 92 MINUTES (PART 3), 89 MINUTES (PART 4), 89 MINUTES (PART 5), WEST GERMANY, GERMAN (ENGLISH SUBTITLES) / DIRECTOR/SCRIPT: RAINER WERNER FASSBINDER / CINEMATOGRAPHER: DIETRICH LOHMANN / EDITOR: MARIE ANNE GERHARDT / PRODUCTION DESIGNERS: MANFRED LUETZ, KURT RAAB, GISELA RÖCKEN / MUSIC: FUZZY / CAST: GOTTFRIED JOHN, HANNA SCHYGULLA, LUISE ULLRICH / PRODUCTION CO: WESTDEUTSCHER RUNDFUNK, KÖLN / PRINT SOURCE/RIGHTS: RAINER WERNER FASSBINDER FOUNDATION