Katzelmacher | Movie Critic's Choice | Chicago Reader
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Katzelmacher

Rainer Werner Fassbinder's second feature (1969) is something like the decanted essence of his work. There's less plot than usual, but the portraiture already seems firmly in place. Based on his own play, the film consists largely of a lot of deadbeats standing around on the street in a Munich suburb, abusing women and showing one another how macho they are. (The title is Bavarian slang for "stud.") Eventually a Greek immigrant (played by Fassbinder himself) turns up and becomes the target of their xenophobia. Hanna Schygulla is also present in one of her earliest roles. Film Center, Art Institute, Columbus Drive at Jackson, Saturday, May 31, 7:45, 312-443-3737. --Jonathan Rosenbaum

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