946 Eight Hours and Twenty Minutes Don't Make a Day

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946 Eight Hours and Twenty Minutes Don't Make a Day

#1 Post by FrauBlucher » Thu Feb 08, 2018 7:45 am

Eight Hours and Twenty Minutes Don't Make a Day

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Commissioned to make a working-class family drama for public television, up-and-coming director Rainer Werner Fassbinder took the assignment and ran, dodging expectations by depicting social realities in West Germany from a critical—yet far from cynical—perspective. Over the course of several 62-minute hours, the sprawling story tracks the everyday triumphs and travails of the young toolmaker Jochen (Gottfried John) and many of the people populating his world, including the woman he loves (Hanna Schygulla), his eccentric nuclear family, and his fellow workers, with whom he bands together to improve conditions on the factory floor. Rarely screened since its popular but controversial initial broadcast, Eight Hours and Twenty Minutes Don't Make a Day rates as a true discovery, one of Fassbinder's earliest and most tender experiments with the possibilities of melodrama.

SPECIAL FEATURES

• New 2.08K digital restoration by the Rainer Werner Fassbinder Foundation, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
"Eight Hours and Twenty Minutes Don't Make a Day": A Series Becomes a Family Reunion, a 2102 documentary directed by Juliane Maria Lorenz, featuring interviews with actors Hanna Schygulla, Irm Hermann, Wolfgang Schenck, and Hans Hirschmüller
• New interview with film scholar Jane Shattuc
• New English subtitle translation
• PLUS: An essay by scholar Moira Weigel

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Re: Forthcoming: Eight Hours Don't Make a Day

#2 Post by domino harvey » Sat Mar 03, 2018 11:41 am


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Re: Forthcoming: Eight Hours Don't Make a Day

#3 Post by ermylaw » Sat Mar 03, 2018 12:44 pm

I started this last night (the Arrow version), planning to watch just a few minutes. I ended up watching the entire first episode. And I can’t wait to get back to it tonight.

Anyway, I like the poster.

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Re: Forthcoming: Eight Hours Don't Make a Day

#4 Post by pzadvance » Sat Mar 03, 2018 4:10 pm

Blew through the Arrow last month and it is one of the most joyous and compulsively watchable shows I've ever come across. It's absolutely at the top of the list of favorite Fassbinders for me.


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Re: 9?? Eight Hours Don't Make a Day

#6 Post by domino harvey » Mon Jul 16, 2018 3:35 pm

Coming in October

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Re: 9?? Eight Hours Don't Make a Day

#7 Post by Ribs » Mon Jul 16, 2018 3:49 pm

Price is obviously better than Arrow but two discs for five feature-length episodes plus extra is a little tight

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Re: 946 Eight Hours Don't Make a Day

#8 Post by dda1996a » Mon Jul 16, 2018 4:51 pm

It's only six dollars less than Arrow's, and Criterion seems to have less extras (and Arrow has the book)

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Re: 946 Eight Hours Don't Make a Day

#9 Post by Ribs » Mon Jul 16, 2018 4:54 pm

You’re comparing a price at retail to a MSRP; this is half the cost of the Arrow set

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Re: 946 Eight Hours Don't Make a Day

#10 Post by dda1996a » Mon Jul 16, 2018 4:56 pm

Yeah my mistake, the arrow site lists it as 50 pounds. Having only seen one Fassbinder I'm in no hurry to pick either anyway (and Rublev, Tree of Life and Bergman will take all my money anyway)

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Re: 946 Eight Hours Don't Make a Day

#11 Post by Hopscotch » Mon Jul 16, 2018 5:32 pm

Saw this in Philly recently. It's extraordinary, probably Fassbinder's funniest work.

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Re: 946 Eight Hours Don't Make a Day

#12 Post by swo17 » Mon Jul 16, 2018 6:30 pm

Criterion's runtime is almost 20 minutes longer than Arrow's. Am I correct in thinking that this is a 1080i/50 vs. 1080p situation, where only the Arrow is properly presented at 25fps?

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Re: 946 Eight Hours Don't Make a Day

#13 Post by dwk » Mon Jul 16, 2018 7:08 pm

yes. Of course, there is no other way for Criterion to present this.

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Re: 946 Eight Hours Don't Make a Day

#14 Post by tenia » Tue Jul 17, 2018 1:51 am

We should ask Svet.

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Re: 946 Eight Hours Don't Make a Day

#15 Post by swo17 » Tue Jul 17, 2018 1:55 am

Oh, I did confirm that my copy of the Arrow is 1080i/50

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Re: 946 Eight Hours Don't Make a Day

#16 Post by phoenix474 » Tue Jul 17, 2018 8:11 am

tenia wrote:
Tue Jul 17, 2018 1:51 am
We should ask Svet.
*triggered*

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Re: 946 Eight Hours Don't Make a Day

#17 Post by MichaelB » Tue Jul 17, 2018 11:07 am

It'll be interesting to see how honest Svet is about this. Prior to the Dekalog embarrassment, he appeared to be genuinely ignorant of the 24/25fps issue and knee-jerkily assumed that Criterion must have got it right because Criterion. Although he never had the decency to acknowledge his mistake (although his silence after it was demonstrated beyond any possible doubt was eloquent enough), he can't claim to be unaware of the situation now.

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Re: 946 Eight Hours Don't Make a Day

#18 Post by whaleallright » Wed Jul 18, 2018 1:44 am

More like 8.33 hours don't make a day, right?

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