It would have been good to see more of Karlheinz Böhm in Effi Briest, but perhaps his looks are less suited to this period drama. It is a small detail, but an important one, and although Karlheinz Böhm excels in Fassbinder’s dramas such as Mother Kusters Trip to Heaven and Martha, at least here he speaks in his own voice. He plays, Wüllersdorf, who is a real friend to Instetten, maybe the only one he has.
Both Karlheinz Böhm and Margit Carstensen appear in the first major ensemble scene of Mother Kusters Goes to Heaven, demonstrating the fact that where you find the press, you’ll also find political parties. Simultaneously addressed, is the fact that where you find personal disaster among the public, the politicos are often there too.