Eight Hours Don’t Make a Day

Archival Presentations | 1972 | 478 minutes

SIFF Says:

Rainer Werner Fassbinder was one of the most prolific filmmakers in history. At the forefront of the New German Cinema movement, he wrote and directed over forty films in fifteen years. He also made two TV series and directed 24 plays. EIGHT HOURS DON’T MAKE A DAY is one of those series—a five-part miniseries that was shown on West German televisions in 1972 and 1973. This multilayered, character-driven saga centers on the Kruger family along with their lovers, in-laws, and friends. We follow skilled worker Jochen (Gottfried John) as he navigates a romantic relationship with Marion (Hanna Schygulla) and fights for better working conditions with his co-workers. Meanwhile, Grandma (Luise Ullrich), the kooky, strong-willed matriarch of the family fights to turn a closed-down library into a daycare center. All of this activity is captured via fluid camera zooms and pans, as well as Fassbinder’s dynamic blocking. The late director gracefully examines both domestic relationships and labor relationships through a dramatic, often comedic lens. Previously unreleased in the U.S. until now, this brand new restoration played at the 2018 Berlin International Film Festival.

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Film Credits
Rainer Werner Fassbinder
Gottfried John, Hanna Schygulla, Irm Hermann, Luise Ullrich, Werner Finck
SIFF 2018