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Jorgos (Rainer Werner Fassbinder) is a Greek immigrant in Germany who encounters the intolerance of the locals against foreign workers. Open hostility turns to violence when he is beaten up by the authoritarian thugs after dating a German woman. Male and female nudity along with hetero and homosexual sex scenes are shown in this searing indictment against prejudice and fascism. This feature took the Prize of International Film Critics at the Mannheim Film Festival in 1969. ~ Dan Pavlides, Rovi
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 100%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"I've described the style of the film in some detail because it is so hypnotic and eventually so comic."
‑ Vincent Canby, New York Times
"That's what Katzelmacher is: a punishment, via art, leveled at all the ignorant, egotistical racists Fassbinder had known."
‑ Noel Murray, The Dissolve
"There's a blinding nasty truth about the young filmmaker's own generation that he richly exploits..."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"There's less plot than usual, but the portraiture already seems firmly in place."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"Fassbinder's second film feels rarely moves, but simmers with a kind of rancid, unnamable anger."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"Overt societal disillusionment with a healthy dose of violently expressed xenophobia. Understood."
‑ Scott Weinberg, eFilmCritic.com
"Shot in just over a week and provides the writer-director with a larger collection of personalities to send careening against each other."
‑ Christopher Long, Movie Metropolis
"For those looking to figure out what the hell Fassbinder was all about, this is an excellent starting point."
‑ Matt Bailey, Not Coming to a Theater Near You
"It doesn't reach the level of despair of some of Fassbinder's other works, but the artistry is unquestionable."
‑ Christopher Null, Filmcritic.com
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