Directed by Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Michael FenglerWest Germany | 1970
The film’s climax is precipitated by nothing in particular, except the accumulated existential weight that Kurt has put on. It’s also preceded by a physical exam during which his physician tells Kurt his ailments, including weight gain, may mean he simply smokes a little much. Back at the Raab household, Kurt is having trouble getting the television set to work properly as his wife and her friend are discussing a ski trip. The box simply won’t work, so he is forced to listen to their frivolous gab. When his wife leaves the room, Kurt surreptitiously grabs a large candlestick and proceeds to show us how he runs amok.