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The Merchant of Four Seasons Details


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 He is withdrawn, crushed, and humiliated.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 ([[Performer~P42935~Klaus Löwitsch~klauslöwitsch]]), 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


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


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


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