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53 Ratings

Eight Hours Don't Make a Day

Acht Stunden sind kein Tag

West Germany, 1972
Drama, TV Mini-series


The young toolmaker Jochen fights with his colleagues to a performance bonus. He gets to know the girl Marion. For both, it is love at first sight.

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Eight Hours Don't Make a Day Directed by Rainer Werner Fassbinder
It has the distinction of being Fassbinder’s most optimistic work, touchingly hopeful regarding man’s capacity for betterment.
January 19, 2019
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What is so striking about the version we see in Eight Hours is how hopeful it feels. “The figures in [old photographs] seem so vulnerable, so unknowing of what we know about them, of the knowledge in store for them,” Cavell reflected. The characters in this series give me a similar sense of tenderness. Here are people striving to build a modest utopia. For once in Fassbinder, they get it.
October 09, 2018
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Not only is it a major work from the trailblazing German filmmaker—indeed, his most ambitious project prior to Berlin Alexanderplatz in 1980—it also showcases a side of Fassbinder revealed only fleetingly in his films. Generous and humane, the series may be the only Fassbinder work whose characters are, for the most part, well-adjusted and happy.
May 17, 2018
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