The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant

The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant (1972)

Sex is the ultimate weapon.

  • Genre: Drama, Romance
  • Release Date: 1972-10-05
  • User Rating: 7.3/10 from 172 ratings
  • Runtime: 2h 4min
  • Language: Deutsch
  • Production Company: Tango Film
  • Production Country: Germany
  • Director: Rainer Werner Fassbinder
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Petra von Kant is a successful fashion designer -- arrogant, caustic, and self-satisfied. She mistreats Marlene (her secretary, maid, and co-designer). Enter Karin, a 23-year-old beauty who wants to be a model. Petra falls in love with Karin and invites her to move in.

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  • Margit Carstensen

    as Petra von Kant
  • Hanna Schygulla

    as Karin Thimm
  • Katrin Schaake

    as Sidonie von Grasenabb
  • Eva Mattes

    as Gabriele von Kant
  • Gisela Fackeldey

    as Valerie von Kant
  • Irm Hermann

    as Marlene
Crew An Dorthe Braker Script
Writing Rainer Werner Fassbinder Screenplay
Directing Rainer Werner Fassbinder Director
Production Rainer Werner Fassbinder Producer
Crew El Hedi ben Salem Set Production Assistant
Editing Thea Eymèsz Editor
Production Karl Scheydt Production Manager
Camera Peter Gauhe Still Photographer
Camera Michael Ballhaus Director of Photography
Production Michael Fengler Producer
Art Kurt Raab Production Design
Directing Harry Baer Assistant Director
Costume & Make-Up Maja Lemcke Costume Design
Costume & Make-Up Margarethe Ullmann Hairstylist
Costume & Make-Up Peter Müller Makeup Artist
Camera Klaus Jahnel First Assistant Camera
Sound Gunther Kortwich Sound Designer
Sound Harry Rausch First Assistant Sound Editor
Lighting Ekkehart Heinrich Gaffer
Crew Andreas Schimek Set Production Assistant