Fassbinder’s ‘Eight Hours Don’t Make A Day’

‘Eight Hours Don’t Make A Day’

In the aftermath of its well received screening as part of 2017’s Berlinale, Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s Eight Hours Don’t Make A Day, an ambitious five-part mini series, is being screened for a second time in Berlin in all its 479 minute glory. Hosted over two evenings at the KulturRaum Zwingli-Kirche, the Berlin Film Society will be screening this family-centric Fassbinder drama on Friday the 31st of March and Saturday the 1st of April.

‘Eight Hours Don’t Make A Day’

Synonymous with the New German Cinema movement, Fassbinder was infamously prolific having directed 44 films in just 14 years – his life being cut tragically short at the age of just 37. Eight Hours Don’t Make A Day is typical of Fassbinder’s style. Meticulously deconstructing the superficially utopic atmosphere so prevalent in post-war film productions of the time, Fassbinder observes life from three generations of the same family whose political persuasions range from conservative to progressive.

‘Eight Hours Don’t Make A Day’

Commissioned by German television station, WDR, to make a ‘working-class series,’ Eight Hours Don’t Make A Day depicts the working class as being more three dimensional, well-rounded people then was the custom at the time. Incorporating themes of working life, strikes, relationships, daily life and society at large, Eight Hours Don’t Make A Day is an often overlooked gem in Fassbinder’s rather overcrowded gem-filled crown, and greatly deserves a second look.

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