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Acht Stunden sind kein Tag
Archived: Acht Stunden sind kein Tag - Eight Hours are Not a Day (1972)

director: Rainer Werner Fassbinder

composer: Jean Gepoint (alias Fuzzy)
With: Hanna Schygulla, Gottfried John, Luise Ullrich, a.o.

duration: 660 minutes
Drama, TV

Serial Madness

In the five-part TV series produced by Westdeutscher Rundfunk (WDR) writer-director Rainer Werner Fassbinder explores working life of the time and asks how many hours of the day after working eight are left for social, family and political problems.

EIGHT HOURS DON'T MAKE A DAY is a series about a working-class family combining socio-political and economic analysis with everyday stories. As an exciting and entertaining television series it addresses such issues as workers' participation and solidarity in the workplace, high rents and anti-authoritarian upbringing. Fassbinder creates an alternative to televsion's illusions of a perfect world that speaks directly to a class usually unrepresentative. Actors playing main roles in the series include Gottfried John, Hanna Schygulla, Luise Ullrich, Werner Finck, Irm Hermann, Wolfgang Schenck, and Hans Hirschmüller.

The series has now been meticulously restored by the Rainer Werner Fassbinder Foundation (RWFF).
"Rainer Werner Fassbinder's mini-series 'Acht Stunden sind kein Tag' is an example of the so-called 'worker film', a genre developed by German broadcaster WDR in the late '60s. The tone has a typical melodramatic feel as Fassbinder deconstructs the perfect world atmosphere that pervaded early post-war productions." (Berlinale)

On 15 October, prepare for a full day of the recently restored version of Rainer Werner Fassbinder's five-part miniseries, in the presence of Fassbinder's editor and Film Fest Gent jury member Juliane Lorenz. After the lunch break, Lorenz will introduce the three final parts.

10:00 - part 1
12:00 - part 2
13:40 - lunch
15:00 - intro by Juliane Lorenz
16:00 - part 3
18:00 - part 4
20:00 - part 5

film+talk: €20
film+talk+lunch: €35 (limited capacity)

Screening in the framework of European Art Cinema Day


director: Rainer Werner Fassbinder
composer: Jean Gepoint (alias Fuzzy)
producer: Peter Märthesheimer
screenplay: Rainer Werner Fassbinder
Editor: Marie Anne Gerhardt
Cinematography: Dietrich Lohmann

More info

dialogue: German
subtitles: Eng subt.
country: West Germany
year: 1972


RAINER WERNER FASSBINDER (1945-1982): This Night (short, 1965), Der Stadtstreicher (short, 1965), Das kleine Chaos (short, 1967), Liebe ist kälter als der Tod (1969), Götter der Pest (1969), Katzelmacher (1969), Warum läuft Herr R. Amok? (1969), Rio das Mortes (TV, 1970), Das Kaffeehaus (TV, 1970), Whity (1970), Die Niklashauser Fart (TV, 1970), Der amerikanische Soldat (1970), Warnung vor einer heiligen Nutte (1970), Pioniere in Ingolstadt (TV, 1970), Händler der vier Jahreszeiten (1971), Die bitteren Tränen… Show more

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format: DCP


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