Category Archives: Rainer Werner Fassbinder

Querelle (1982)

Only those who are truly identified with their own selves no longer need to fear fear. And only those who are rid of their fear are capable of loving nonjudgmentally. The ultimate goal of all human endeavor: to live one’s … Continue reading

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Veronika Voss (1982)

People are interesting to me when they’re losing. When they’ve lost, they stop being interesting to me. —Grete (Elisabeth Volkmann) in Veronika Voss As I’ve said many times now, one of the things I love most about Fassbinder is the … Continue reading

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Lola (1981)

Esslin: Would you want to live in a world that has lost all morality? Where there’s only evil and depravity and corruption? Lola: Gladly. My only problem is they never let me really join in. RWF and the BRD It’s … Continue reading

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The Little Chaos (1966–67)

There’s been a lot of Fassbinder buzz lately, both online and in festivals. (The recent Lincoln Center retrospective has me wishing I’d stopped over in New York for more than a few hours en route to Europe last month, that’s … Continue reading

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Addendum: History and Lili Marleen

I was a little nervous about publishing my post on Lili Marleen, given its handling of such a profoundly troubling and sensitive history. While Fassbinder’s position regarding Germany’s horrific past has always seemed clear to me, his work has at … Continue reading

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Lili Marleen (1981)

I think it’s possible to say something about National Socialism, which is specifically German, simply by showing what was appealing about it. The parades had a certain aesthetic of their own that appealed to people. The swastika had a certain … Continue reading

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Berlin Alexanderplatz – Part XIV: Epilogue – My Dream of Franz Biberkopf’s Dream by Alfred Döblin (1980)

“Okay, now I have mastered this craft.” —Rainer Werner Fassbinder, upon wrapping Berlin Alexanderplatz (quoted in Chaos as Usual) If Part XIII seemed a little lackluster, let’s just say the Epilogue more than makes up for it. It certainly puts … Continue reading

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