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EIGHT HOURS DON'T MAKE A DAY (sub)
Gottfried John, Hanna Schygulla, Luise Ullrich. Commissioned to make a working-class family drama for public television, up-and-coming director Rainer Werner Fassbinder took the assignment and ran, dodging expectations by depicting social realities in West Germany from a critical-yet far from cynical-perspective. Over the course of several hours, the sprawling story tracks the everyday triumphs and travails of the young toolmaker Jochen (Gottfried John) and many of the people populating his world, including the woman he loves (Hanna Schygulla), his eccentric nuclear family, and his fellow workers, with whom he bands together to improve conditions on the factory floor. Rarely screened since its popular but controversial initial broadcast, Eight Hours Don't Make a Day rates as a true discovery, one of Fassbinder's earliest and most tender experiments with the possibilities of melodrama. (1972) (495min)

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INSTITUTE BENJAMENTA
Mark Rylance, Alice Krige, Gottfried John. The first non-animated film from avant garde masters the Quay brothers features a man arriving at a bizarre school for servants where he is drawn to the brother and sister team that run it. (1996) (105min)

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THE PIANO TUNER OF EARTHQUAKES
Amira Casar, Gottfried John, Cesar Sarachu. From the maverick, identical twin brother directors the Brothers Quay ("Institute Benjamenta") comes this, their second feature film. It is a dark and dreamlike tale of a malevolent Doctor who kidnaps a beautiful opera singer with plans to turn her into a mechanical toy. (2006) (95min)

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