Fassbinder's whole approach in this film is to have all the melodramatic content occur offscreen, but his dedication to this method is overly theoretical (not real) and made me lose interest in the story.
I love how Fassbinder has his characters at the end of each scene sit completely still, in repose. Feels like theater – the camera tracks back, and the narrator describes their next movements, which we don't see. It has this Brechtian distancing effect that fits into Fassbinder's deadpan theatrics.
Fassbinder has a great sense of framing. wow