A singular castaway drama with an overt oedipal basis. On a tropical island in the early 1900s, George C. Scott is drawn into a deadly struggle with his adolescent son for sexual dominion over the island’s only woman—mother Trish Van Devere (Scott’s then real-life wife). A dark psychological parable about the conflict between civilized morality and the call of the wild.
With Alec Baldwin and Campbell Scott (actor/filmmaker and George C. Scott's son) in person.
Caustic, self-pitying fashion designer Margit Carstensen is locked in a love-hate triangle with mute assistant Irm Hermann and gorgeous model Hanna Schygulla in this high-gloss, all-female melodrama, shot in claustrophobic long takes on a single, mannequin-filled set. "Fassbinder's most harshly stylized and perhaps most significant film" (Dave Kehr). In German with English subtitles.
Part of the ongoing series First Encounters in which we invite notable New Yorkers to choose a film they've never seen but have always wanted to, watch it at the Quad for the first time, and discuss it afterwards.