So Much Tenderness...I read in Shadow & Act that Fassbinder stalwart, Günter Kaufmann, died a few days ago. Weird that there was so little coverage of the story. The son of an African-American serviceman and a German mother, he acted in over 27 films primarily in Germany begininng in the 70s as a member of the Fassbinder "stable".
Below is a clip from The American Soldier (1970) now one of my favorite RWF films but when I first saw it I slept through most of it's short, confusing 80 minute running time. But I did awaken for a finale that was so strange (and beautiful) I was convinced I was still asleep and dreaming! The odd and, I think, lovely song that accompanies the scene lingers. It's sung by Kaufmann.
Alert: If you haven't seen the movie this scene is a spoiler..sort of!
The American Soldier (1970) d. Rainer Werner Fassbinder