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[trans. VIVIS, Anthony] FASSBINDER, Rainer Werner

The Bitter Tears Of Petra Von Kant and Blood On The Neck Of The Cat

London: Amber Lane Press, 1984

Small 8vo, pp. 102. Original green laminated stiff paper wrappers. A fine, unread copy.

First English-language edition, INSCRIBED BY THE TRANSLATOR: 'To Michael and Karin with best wishes and thanks from Anthony. Nov. 84'. The recipient was Michael Henshaw, a London-based accountant of the period with many clients in the world of the performing arts including, presumably, Anthony Vivis.

Fassbinder was predominantly known as a film-maker: radical, gay, outspoken, Fassbinder wasn't the only voice in the New German Cinema of the 1970s, but he was certainly one of the noisiest. He was also hyper-prolific: he wrote, produced, directed and acted in a blizzard of plays and films, and his IMDB listing reads like the CV of a man who lived to be ninety, and who never retired. In fact he died in 1982 as a result of his prodigious intake of cocaine and barbiturates, at the age of thirty-seven.

The Bitter Tears Of Petra Von Kant began life as a stage play, receiving its premiere in Frankfurt in 1971. The following year Fassbinder adapted the text and directed it for the screen: the film version starred one of his long-time collaborators, Hanna Schygulla. Fassbinder directed the stage premiere of Blood On The Neck Of The Cat, in Nuremberg in 1971.

A scarce book, especially inscribed.

Keywords: Rainer Werner FASSBINDER"

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