Rainer Werner Fassbinder directed this 1976 film as a bedroom farce pushed into sadism and despair (which isn’t too hard a push). A crippled teenage girl arranges a meeting between her estranged parents at their family estate; each arrives with lover in tow, and the games begin. The camera seems much more interested in exploring the glass and chrome furnishings than in examining the characters, and by the time the film is finished, so is the audience—the untrammeled alienation effects alienate you right out of the theater. Satan’s Brew, equally obscure, is a much more successful film from this troubling period in Fassbinder’s career, a transitory phase between the early melodramas and the later black comedies. With Anna Karina, Volker Spengler, and Margit Carstensen. In German with subtitles.