ACHT STUNDEN SIND KEIN TAG (1972)

Fassbinder’s controversial five-part TV soap opera.

Film details

Alternative titles

  • OMA UND GREGOR Alternative
  • FRANZ UND ERNEST Alternative
  • HARALD UND MONIKA Alternative
  • EIGHT HOURS ARE NOT A DAY Alternative
  • JOCHEN UND MARION Alternative
  • EIGHT HOURS DON'T MAKE A DAY Alternative
  • IRMGARD UND ROLF Alternative

Introduction

Aimed at a mass audience, this entertaining soap opera of working-class life revolves around an extended family of three generations who struggle to balance the demands of the workplace with the pressures of family life.

Based on extensive research among factory workers and trade unionists, it was deliberately more optimistic than Fassbinder’s cinema features, encouraging social solidarity. The abrupt cancellation of the highly successful series (three more episodes had been planned) was, in Fassbinder’s view, politically motivated.

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