Eight Hours Don’t Make a Day

New Digital Restoration

Special Event Pricing – Members see all 5 episodes for just $8 | Non-members $12

Friday, May 25 | Episodes 1 & 2 | 7 pm

Saturday, May 26 | Episodes 3 & 4 | 7 pm

Sunday, May 27 | Episode 5 | 5:30 pm


After screening to great acclaim at the 2017 Berlin Film Festival, German film legend Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s rarely screened, epic family drama Eight Hours Don’t Make a Day makes its long awaited US debut in a new restoration. Commissioned for German television and shot on location in a Cologne factory, 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. Combining a trenchant but optimistic social critique with Douglas Sirk-inspired melodramatic flourishes and an addictively entertaining multi-strand narrative, Eight Hours Don’t Make a Day represents—in the words of Film Comment’s Nick Pinkerton—“nothing less than the discovery of a vital missing link in the director’s filmography.”


Director Rainer Werner Fassbinder | 1972 | In German with English subtitles | 478 minutes (Episodes 1 & 2: 202 minutes plus intermission, Episodes 3 & 4: 184 minutes plus intermission, Episode 5: 90 minutes) | NR | DCP

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