The Bitter Tears of Petra Von Kant [Criterion Collection] [DVD] [1972]

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Special Features

  • New interviews with Balhaus and actors Margit Carstensen, Eve Mattes, Katrin Schaake, and Hanna Schygulla
  • New interview with film scholar Jane Shattuc
  • Role play: women on fassbinder, a 1992 german television documentary by Thomas Honickel featuring interviews with Carstensen, Schygullan and actors Irm Hermann and Rosel Zech


The Bitter Tears of Petra Von Kant
This tale of intermingled love and hate is directed by Rainer Werner Fassbinder, and is the 13th of the 33 films he made in his short life. It explores the universal dynamics present in close human relationships, even lesbian ones. Petra Von Kant (Margit Carstensen) is a fashion designer. Some time ago, she divorced the husband she no longer loved. Until recently, she has been in a fairly satisfactory S & M relationship with her assistant. When she develops an obsession with her fashion model, however, things become far more complicated. ~ Clarke Fountain, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Margit Carstensen
    Margit Carstensen - Petra von Kant
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    Gisela Fackelday - Valerie von Kant
  • Irm Hermann
    Irm Hermann - Marlene
  • Eva Mattes
    Eva Mattes - Gabriele von Kant
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    Katrin Schaake - Sidonie von Grasenabb
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