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Recruits in Ingolstadt

1971 1h 24m Drama List
50% Tomatometer 6 Reviews 50% Audience Score 500+ Ratings A young woman, Berta, looks for love within a group of Army engineers building a bridge. Read More Read Less

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Ed Gonzalez Slant Magazine Fassbinder is clearly bored...and it shows. Rated: 2.5/4 Sep 2, 2003 Full Review Jonathan Rosenbaum Chicago Reader Fassbinder's simplicity in framing the action is often a tonic, but the lip-smacking depictions of cruelty remain as problematic as ever. Jun 25, 2001 Full Review Jeffrey M. Anderson Combustible Celluloid It's a powerful film, shot quickly and economically with incredible cinematic poetry. Rated: 4/4 Jun 24, 2006 Full Review Emanuel Levy EmanuelLevy.Com Rated: 4/5 Jul 23, 2005 Full Review Matt Bailey Not Coming to a Theater Near You What could be the basis of a wild teen flick, in Fassbinder's hands, turns into a coldly calculated examination of the impossibility (or at least the improbability) of love. May 12, 2003 Full Review Dennis Schwartz Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews The comedy attempted is perverse and dry, while the mood of the film alternates between being melancholy and less melancholy. Rated: C+ Nov 18, 2002 Full Review Read all reviews

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Audience Member So much of early Fassbinder seems to be an answer to the question "What would it be like if Bertolt Brecht staged a Douglas Sirk melodrama?" It would be pretty amazing. There's a pretty routine story here about small town girls romancing visiting soldiers, but Fassbinder's deliberate distancing tricks and fierce, cruel sense of humour transform it into something quite different. This appears to be set during WWII, but there are so many deliberate anachronisms that it becomes very hard to pin down. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/01/23 Full Review Audience Member It's a powerful film, shot quickly and economically with incredible cinematic poetry. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 01/21/23 Full Review Audience Member The more I think about it the more I liked this one. This is my 13th Fassbinder film. There is something about the mix of melodramatic and wooden acting that really hits the spot. Hanna Schygulla always does a great job, but Irm Hermann stole the show for me. I love the way the girls snap at each other and the animosity between the bored soldiers and the lazy rich citizens. I wish I could remember more specific lines, as it had some really great one-liners. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 01/20/23 Full Review Audience Member Early Fassbinder is sweet torture. All is mundane, yet somehow high melodrama simultaneously, and he lingers in scenarios unnecessarily just long enough to get me a little pissed off. Why does it work? Perhaps I'll never know, but give give me Irm Hermann one-upping a girl with a prostitution boast, or Hanna Schygulla weeping spread-eagle during the closing credits, and I will shout praise. Sadly, all the handsome soldiers keep their uniforms on. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/20/23 Full Review Audience Member A brilliant Adaption of the Novel about the Dangers of Soldiers that doesen't fight and just hang around they getting bored and search for a War because that's the Thing they made for to fight one Reason for the Rise of the Nazis was that to much Soldiers was without Employment so they join Free Corps and that Free Corps lead to the SS who level the Rise of Adolf Hitler it also shows how boring and depressing Villages are the Life there is bland and many People are led to do crazy Things because of this Boredom Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/16/23 Full Review Audience Member An interesting watch with a strange genre, poetic at times. Pioneers are tasked to build a bridge in Ingolstadt but focuses on the trampy relationships between them and desperate women in a nearby park. The scenes are beautifully lit alongside some intriguing ideas. Not a Fassbinder favorite though. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 01/15/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis A young woman, Berta, looks for love within a group of Army engineers building a bridge.
Rainer Werner Fassbinder
Klaus Hellwig, Kurt Raab
Rainer Werner Fassbinder
Original Language
1h 24m