Timeout 24-04-2007

Looking back on Fassbinder

By The Telegraph Online
  • Published 24.04.07
Looking back on Fassbinder
The enfant terrible of the New German Cinema, Rainer Werner Fassbinder ruthlessly attacked both German bourgeois society and the larger limitations of humanity. His films detail the desperate yearning for love and freedom and the many ways in which society, as well as the individual, thwarts it. Concluding today, the ongoing retrospective of films by the celebrated, controversial German filmmaker highlights his breathtaking command of the formal narrative, the social critique and as well as his wide canvas of operation. To be screened today: Bolwieser (5 pm) and The Marriage of Maria Braun (a still from the film appears right; 7 pm). The first of Fassbinder’s trilogy about women in post-WWII Germany, Maria Braun’s stark atmosphere, icy performances and poignant revelations make it one of the most important films to emerge from Germany in the 1970s and certainly one of Fassbinder’s best. Newly-wed Maria is separated from her soldier-husband Hermann Braun. Bill, an African-American soldier, becomes her lover long after she receives news that her husband has died on the front. However, the starving and emasculated Hermann turns up while Maria and Bill are beginning to make love. The effect of the film is one of helplessness; the audience can only watch as the beautiful, young Maria Braun places herself in an emotional vacuum.

Event: Retrospective of films by Rainer Werner Fassbinder When: Till today; 5 pm and 7 pm Where: Max Mueller Bhavan auditorium


April 24 - 29 at Birla Academy of Art & Culture; 4 pm - 8 pm: Kolkata: Mystique & Musings, an exhibition of paintings by Delhi-based artist Alok Uniyal. Till April 24 at Academy of Fine Arts, West Gallery; 3 pm - 8 pm: Paintings by Narayan Sahoo. Till April 24 at Academy of Fine Arts, New South-B; 3 pm - 8 pm: The Blue Boy, paintings and drawings by Snehangshu Shekhar Das. Till April 26 at Chitrakoot Art Gallery; 3 pm - 8 pm: A group show by members of Spectrum Artists’ Circle. Participants: Samir Saha, Biswajit Mondal, Sukumar Das, Tarun Banerjee, Rabin Dutta, Murari Mohan Basu and Anjan Sengupta. Till April 27 at Gallery Sanskriti, 5C Alipore Park Road: Readings Fragments From Time, an exhibition of paintings by Sudip Roy. Till April 27 at Academy of Fine Arts, North Gallery; 3 pm - 8 pm: An exhibition of landscape paintings by Jayanta Chakrabarti. Till April 28 at Gandhara Art Gallery, 1B Gurusaday Road, Flat 5A (Palm Springs); 1 pm - 7 pm: An exhibition of sculptures by Debanjan Roy. Till April 28 at Samokal Art Gallery, Gol Park; 4 pm - 8 pm: Lunette hosts an exhibition of paintings by contemporary artists of Bengal. Till April 28 at Artspace India, 7 Deodar Street (off Dover Road); 12 noon - 8 pm: Artspace India’s Annual Art Show 2007, titled Baishakhi. Till April 30 at Artists Circle, 46 Circus Avenue; 2 pm - 7 pm: Inspiration, paintings by a group of 11 aspiring artists. Till May 1 at Angan Art Gallery, 11 Fern Place; 4 pm - 8 pm: An exhibition of paintings by Ajoy Bandopadhyay, Dipak Mukherjee, Dilip Banerjee, Kamalaksha Ganguly, Kiran Kumar Sen, Pramathes Chandra, Ratan Acharya, Subrata Gangopadhyay, Somnath Roy, Swati Roy, Siddhartha Sengupta and Shibani Sengupta. Till May 5 (except Sunday) at Galerie 88; 3 pm - 7 pm: Life and Arts — sculpture, graphics, drawings and paintings by Somnath Hore. Till May 11 at Idiyas Gallery, 15 Dover Road; 10.30 am - 7 pm: In the Realms of Fantasy, an exhibition of paintings by Sanatan Dinda, Jogen Chowdhury. Prokash Karmakar, Suhas Roy, Subrata Gangopadhyay, Partho Bhattacharjee, Sibsaday, Samir Paul, Debabrata Chakravorty, Ajoy Bandyopadhyay, Gourango Beshai, Bratin Khan and Ramananda Bandyopadhyay. Till May 12 (weekdays) at Masters Collection Art Gallery, G-7 Mahalaya Apts, 3 Woodburn Park; 11 am - 7 pm: Masters Collection presents Summer Colours, an exhibition of recent works by Anil Gaikwad, Anirban Seth, Anup Giri, Avijit Mitra, B.R. Panesar, Barun Roy, Gautam Khamaru, Keshav Roy, Manik Kandar, Pushpen Roy, Sachin Jaitarey, Sachindranath Jha, Samir Deasi, Samir Sarkar, Sibsadey Chowdhary, Subhamita Dinda, Subrata Das, Sukanta Das and Swapan Palley.


April 24 at Academy of Fine Arts; 6.30 pm: Theatre Workshop presents two short plays: Utpal Dutt’s Lohar Bhim and Michael Madhusudan Dutt’s Buro Shaliker Ghare Rno. Direction: Ashok Mukhopadhyay. April 26 at Academy of Fine Arts; 6.30 pm: Nandikar presents Jaha Chai.... Drama: Sukanta Chaudhuri. Direction: Rudraprasad Sengupta and Goutam Halder. April 29 at Max Mueller Bhavan; 6.30 pm: Agun Mukho, based on the original German play, Feuergesicht, by Marius von Mayenburg. Bengali adaptation: Bratya Basu. Direction: Suman Mukhopadhyay. A joint production of Max Muller Bhavan and Tritiyo Sutra.


April 24 at Swabhumi; 6 pm: Rupnagar presents Utsav, an opera on Basant Utsav based on Tagore’s creation. Script, choreography and direction: Madhusree Chowdhury. April 25 at Sisir Mancha; 6.30 pm: On the occasion of its 36th annual day, Meitei Jagoi (Devjani Chaliha’s School for Manipuri Dance) presents an evening of Manipuri dances by its students. April 27 at Calcutta School of Music; 6.30 pm: Thiri PoSaw presents Pavarotti and Friends singing For the Children of Liberia for the Musical Theatre Club meeting. An audio-visual feature, it consists of 22 songs by artistes such as Jon Bon Jovi, Pino Daniele, Stevie Wonder, Natalie Cole and the maestro himself, often singing in duets. April 28 at Padatik’s Buildwell Theatre, 6/7 AJC Bose Road; 6.30 pm: A dance programme, Nritya Bahar. Concept & choreography: Dhiman Sankar. April 29 at Birla Academy; 5.45 pm: Guruguha Sangeeth Sammelan celebrates Jayanti of Muthuswamy Dikshitar with a violin ensemble dedicated to Guru A. Champakavalli. Participants: S. Ranganathan, Aishwarya Sundaram, V. Ramkumar and B. Aditya, with S. Venkatraman and P. Aravindam on the mridangam.


April 24 at Sri Aurobindo Bhavan, 8 Shakespeare Sarani; 6 pm: The Mother’s Jayanti function features reading by Bimal Dutta, recitation by Debashis Mitra, talk by Diptyendu Bhattacharya and songs by Pramita Mallick. Jayanti meditation around the shrine from 7.30 pm to 8 pm.


April 24 at Modern Academy of Continuing Education, 78 Syed Amir Ali Avenue, 4th floor; 5 pm - 6 pm: Jo Cohen will speak on The Jewish Community of Calcutta. April 24 at Ramakrishna Mission Institute of Culture, Shivananda Hall; 6 pm: Swami Sarvabhutananda will speak in Hindi on Sri Sri Narada Pancharatram. April 24 at Ramakrishna Vedanta Math, 19B Raja Rajkrishna Street; 7 pm: Swami Atmabodhananda will discuss in Bengali on Sri Sri Mayer Katha.


Till April 30 at Akar Prakar, P 238 Hindustan Park; 3 pm - 8 pm: An exhibition of photographs of Xinjiang, China by Mala Mukerjee.


April 24 - 27 at Nandan II; 3.15 pm & 5.45 pm: A festival of films in celebration of 75 years of New Theatres. Today: Vidyapati at 3.15 pm & My Sister at 5.45 pm. April 26 at Gorky Sadan; 6 pm: Nacholer Rani (A film on legendary Ila Mitra, leader of the friendship movement and her heroic role in the peasant struggle of Tebhaga movement) directed by Syed Wahiduzzaman Diamond. The creening will be followed by a face to face interaction with the filmmaker from Bangladesh.


Till April 30 at Aastha, 19A Lake Road, Lake Market: A collection of Lakhnawi chikan (hand embroidered) ready suits, sarees, dress material, tops, kurtis in cotton, voil, kota, georgette, etc. Till April 30 at Poompuhar, Dakshinapan; 10.30 am - 7 pm: Handicrafts, Tanjore art plates, Tanjore paintings, stone sculptures and leather products from Tamil Nadu.All those who wish events to be included in this column should write not less than a week ahead to: Time out, The Telegraph, 6, Prafulla Sarkar Street, Calcutta-700 001; Fax: 2234-8244

All those who wish events to be included in this column should write not less than a week ahead to:

Time out, The Telegraph, 6, Prafulla Sarkar Street, Calcutta-700 001;
Fax: 2234-8244