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 194 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
Directing Rainer Werner Fassbinder Director
Writing Rainer Werner Fassbinder Screenplay
Camera Michael Ballhaus Director of Photography
Editing Thea Eymèsz Editor
Camera Peter Gauhe Still Photographer
Costume & Make-Up Margarethe Ullmann Hairstylist
Costume & Make-Up Peter Müller Makeup Artist
Camera Klaus Jahnel First Assistant Camera
Sound Harry Rausch First Assistant Sound Editor
Crew Andreas Schimek Set Production Assistant
Crew El Hedi ben Salem Set Production Assistant
Production Karl Scheydt Production Manager
Directing Harry Baer Assistant Director
Production Michael Fengler Producer
Production Rainer Werner Fassbinder Producer
Art Kurt Raab Production Design
Costume & Make-Up Maja Lemcke Costume Design
Sound Gunther Kortwich Sound Designer
Lighting Ekkehard Heinrich Gaffer
Directing An Dorthe Braker Script Supervisor
Directing Kurt Raab Assistant Director