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The Merchant of Four Seasons (1972)

Händler der vier Jahreszeiten (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama | 10 February 1972 (France)
Hans Epp is a self-destructive man who lives a dissatisfied life. He tries to find meaning as a fruit vendor, but a heart attack impedes his ability to work, which turns his dissatisfaction into despair.
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Hans Hirschmüller ... Hans Epp / Husband
Irm Hermann ... Irmgard Epp / Wife
Hanna Schygulla ... Anna Epp / Hans's single sister
Klaus Löwitsch ... Harry Radek / 2nd salesman
Karl Scheydt ... Anzell / Irmgard's lover
Andrea Schober ... Renate Epp / Hans's daughter
Gusti Kreissl Gusti Kreissl ... Mother Epp
Ingrid Caven ... Hans's great love
Kurt Raab ... Kurt / Heide's husband
Heide Simon Heide Simon ... Heide / Hans's married sister
Peter Chatel ... Dr. Harlach
Elga Sorbas ... Marile / The whore
Lilo Pempeit Lilo Pempeit ... Customer
Walter Sedlmayr Walter Sedlmayr ... Fruit cart salesman (as Walther Sedlmayer)
El Hedi ben Salem ... The Arab (as Salem El Heïdi)
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Storyline

Fruit vendor Hans (Hans Hirschmüller) cannot please his family. His mother harps on his failures. His wife is openly discontent. He must peddle produce to his beloved ex-girlfriend, and he is mocked by his customers for being shorter and fatter than his wife. He is withdrawn, crushed, and humiliated. He can not meet the high standards of his mother, he has to give up his job as a police officer when he gets involved with a prostitute in the office. He turns to drinking and violence, but his rage causes his wife and daughter to leave him. While desperately begging for their return, he suffers a debilitating heart attack. His family comes back, but Hans is unable to work and must hire help for his fruit stand. Hans' first employee is his wife's ex-lover, whom he fires for embezzling. He then hires a friend and hero from his legionnaire days, Harry (Klaus Löwitsch), out of pity. Harry is hardworking, diligent, and clever. He turns Hans' business around and enlivens his home life. Harry's... Written by lament

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Drama

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Country:

West Germany

Language:

German | Arabic

Release Date:

10 February 1972 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

The Merchant of Four Seasons See more »

Filming Locations:

Munich, Bavaria, Germany

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Box Office

Budget:

DEM325,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$11,623, 16 February 2003

Gross USA:

$8,144

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$8,144
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Tango Film See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

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1.37 : 1
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Quotes

[repeated line]
Hans Epp: Fresh pears!
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Buona Notte
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Written by Rocco Granata & Jules Verard
Performed by Rocco Granata
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Fassbinder evolving
7 December 2002 | by ItchloadSee all my reviews

In Fassbinder's earlier films, his ideas sometimes surpased his ability to execute them. He was always a great writer, but it took him some time to get his style of camera work and storytelling down pat.

The Merchant of Four Seasons is one of Fassbinder's first movie to make great use of color, from the bright green pears in the merchant's cart to the bright red roses at the funeral (a funeral in a Fassbinder movie? who'd have thought).

His camera work was getting there too, but it was still fairly minimalist. The occasional zooms seem a bit uncomfortable at times and unnatural, but then again, Fassbinder was still coming out of his purely avant garde phase. This might be because Michael Ballhaus isn't behind the camera, but instead the slightly inferior Dietrich Lohmann.

Still, this is Fassbinder, and you get your fix here. Broken dreams shown so vividly and unflinchingly as to alienate audience and drive them into a depressed stupor. Just what the doctor ordered. An early classic that shows remarkable progression when compared to his first films released only 2 years prior.


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