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Michael Ballhaus on Framing and Arguing with Fassbinder on The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant

In this fascinating short interview released by The Criterion Collection, legendary D.P. Michael Ballhaus discusses working with Rainer Werner Fassbinder on one of the director’s best films, The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant. After talking about how Fassbinder didn’t like to shotlist, Ballhaus describes one particularly difficult move and the director’s reaction when it wasn’t done just the way he wanted it. And even if Ballhaus weren’t an erudite interview, the clips alone here would be worth watching.

The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant is now out in standard def and Blu Ray from Criterion.

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