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I Only Want You to Love Me

Rainer Werner Fassbinder based this interesting if somewhat didactic TV film on a published interview with a convicted murderer; the film follows a young man who moves to Munich with his new wife, determined to succeed but unable to escape the shadow of his unloving parents. Exploited at his bricklayer's job and hoping to buy love from his wife by showering her with gifts, he's a grim figure in the fatalist Fassbinder mode, prefigured for disaster, and though some of the implicit theorizing about what makes him doomed is provocative, it doesn't entirely convince. Incidentally, many Fassbinder films of this period recall Douglas Sirk; in this film the hero insists on buying his wife a dress they can't afford, a scene that recalls Nicholas Ray's Bigger Than Life. With Vitus Zeplichal and Elke Aberle.

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