Sunday Cinematheque at the Chazen: Rainer Werner Fassbinder
The American Soldier (Der Amerikanische Soldat) | West Germany | 1970 | 35mm | 80 min. | German with English subtitles Director: Rainer Werner Fassbinder
Sunday, November 11, 2018
Cast: Karl Scheydt, Elga Sorbas, Ulli Lommel Ricky (Scheydt) is an American soldier with German roots who, having just served in Vietnam, returns to his hometown of Munich. In Germany, Ricky becomes a contract killer for some renegade cops when he is asked to eliminate some problem criminals. This early feature from Fassbinder is an homage to Hollywood gangster movies and one of the director’s most overtly political statements.