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The Merchant of Four Seasons Details

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Der Händler der vier Jahreszeiten (The Merchant of Four Seasons) is about the deterioration of a man's soul. Fruit vendor Hans (Hans Hirschmüller) cannot please his family. His mother harps on his failures. His wife is openly discontent. He must peddle produce to his beloved ex-girlfriend, and he is mocked by his customers for being shorter and fatter than his wife. He is withdrawn, crushed, and humiliated. He turns to drinking and violence, but his rage causes his wife and daughter to leave him. While desperately begging for their return, Hans suffers a debilitating heart attack. His family comes back, but Hans is unable to work and must hire help for his fruit stand. Hans' first employee is his wife's ex-lover, whom he fires for embezzling. He then hires a friend and hero from his legionnaire days, Harry (Klaus Löwitsch), out of pity. Harry is hardworking, diligent, and clever. He turns Hans' business around and enlivens his home life. Harry's success also begins to displace Hans -- with his fruit stand, with his wife, and even with his child. Hans becomes useless, a nothing -- exactly what his mother, his wife, and those around him set him up to be. ~ Aubry Anne D'Arminio, Rovi

  • Release date:October 8, 1972

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Venice International Film Festival Rainer Werner Fassbinder Film Presented 1972 Nominee

Cast

Hans Hirschmuller
as Hans Epp
Irm Hermann
as Irmgard Epp
Hanna Schygulla
as First sister
Ingrid Caven
as The merchant's great love
Klaus Löwitsch
as Harry
Karl Scheydt
as Anzell
Andrea Schober
as Child
Gusti Kreissl
as Mother
Kurt Raab
as Brother-in-law
Peter Chatel
as Doctor
Lilo Pempeit
as Customer
Harry Baer
as Candidate
Michael Fengler
as Playboy
Rainer Werner Fassbinder
as Zucker
Elga Sorbas
as Marile Kosemund
Walter Sedlmayr
as Fruit cart salesman
Karl Scheydt
as Anzell
Walter Sedlmayr
as Fruit cart salesman
Elga Sorbas
as Marile Kosemund
Ingrid Caven
as The merchant's great love
Lilo Pempeit
as Customer
Hans Hirschmuller
as Hans Epp
Klaus Löwitsch
as Harry
Kurt Raab
as Brother-in-law
Hanna Schygulla
as First sister
Rainer Werner Fassbinder
as Zucker
Peter Chatel
as Doctor
Gusti Kreissl
as Mother
Michael Fengler
as Playboy
Andrea Schober
as Child
Harry Baer
as Candidate
Irm Hermann
as Irmgard Epp

Crew

Rainer Werner Fassbinder
Director
Rainer Werner Fassbinder
Producer
Ingrid Caven
Producer
Rainer Werner Fassbinder
Screenwriter
Dietrich Lohmann
Cinematographer
Rocco Granata
Composer (Music Score)
Kurt Raab
Set Designer
Kurt Raab
Costume Designer
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