Rainer Werner Fassbinder had been making feature films for three years and already amassed a filmography that would satisfy most careers when he decided to take on a bigger challenge. Teaming up with West German television channel WDR, he conceived of Eight Hours Don t Make a Day, a series that would extend to five feature-length episodes to be broadcast at monthly intervals.
Centring on the Krüger family, as well as their lovers, in-laws, friends and co-workers, the series takes a sometimes comic, sometimes dramatic look at domestic relationships and labour relationships, with particular focus on skilled worker Jochen (Gottfried John, Berlin Alexanderplatz, Goldeneye) and his new girlfriend, Marion (Hanna Schygulla, The Marriage of Maria Braun).
Reminiscent of working-class soap operas such as Coronation Street and the family-based sitcoms of Carla Lane, Eight Hours Don t Make a Day has been a one of the more difficult to find entries of Fassbinder s extraordinarily prolific output, but is now presented here in full and newly restored by the Fassbinder Foundation.
LIMITED EDITION CONTENTS:
Brand new restoration of all five episodes by the Fassbinder Foundation
High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentations
Original German mono soundtracks
Optional English subtitles
Fassbinder, a feature-length 2015 documentary on the director featuring interviews with Margit Carstensen, Irm Hermann, Hanna Schygulla, Volker Schlöndorff and others
Brand-new retrospective featurette on Eight Hours Don t Make a Day, featuring interviews with Schygulla, Hermann, Wolfgang Schenck, Hans Hirschmüller and others, and directed by Juliane Lorenz, head of the Fassbinder Foundation
60-page booklet featuring new writing on the film by David Jenkins and a new interview with Juliane Lorenz, plus archival essays by Manuel Alvarado and Christian Braad Thomsen