Frankfurt, Summer 1978. A person is being severely beaten up along the Main River. It is a man who falsely assumed the role of the woman in a homosexual relationship. After the break up with his lover, Elvira returns home bruised and worn-out. Elvira talks about his life. All of Fassbinder´s work, this film is the gloomiest, the most skeptical and the most confidential. Fassbinder has been so passionate that he undertook the mise-en-scene and the filming in this production. This low-cost film was produced after the internationally acclaimed "Marriage of Maria Braun" for which Fassbinder achieved the biggest success. The fact that Fassbinder did not rely on his previews success but rather turned into a new direction is the conspicuousness in this film. The personal motive for producing this film is carefully revealed throughout the early part of the movie. Fassbinder´s girlfriend and actor Armin Meyer, who had previously appeared in some of his films, had died a few months before the filming of this movie began. In this sense this movie is an extremely personal elegy for Fassbinder, which makes it difficult to regard this movie as an analytical film. Frankfurt is depicted as a road to hell in a terrifying city filled with skyscrapers and bars. The reason others have failed to help the main character is not due to the innate evil nature of man, but to the atmosphere in the big city which inhibits giving help to another human being. Coincidentally, Fassbinder leaves Frankfurt for Berlin after this film.
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