Fassbinder, Rainer Werner


Fassbinder, Rainer Werner
born May 31, 1946, Bad Wörishofen, W.Ger.
died June 10, 1982, Munich

German film director.

He was involved in the avant-garde theatre movement in Munich and helped form the Antitheatre (1967). His first full-length film (1969) was followed by 40 others, produced in a short period, including The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant (1972), Effi Briest (1974), The Marriage of Maria Braun (1979), the 15-hour Berlin Alexanderplatz (1980), Lola (1981), and Veronika Voss (1982). Regarded as a leader of the German New Wave, he helped revitalize German cinema in the 1970s and '80s. His socially and politically conscious films often explore themes of oppression and despair.

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▪ German director
born May 31, 1946, Bad Wörishofen, West Germany
died June 10, 1982, Munich

      motion-picture and theatre director, writer, and actor who was an important force in postwar West German cinema. His socially and politically conscious films often explore themes of oppression and despair.

      Fassbinder left school at age 16 and became involved with Munich's Action-Theatre, an avant-garde repertory group for which he wrote, acted, and directed. When the company was closed by police in May 1968, Fassbinder founded the “anti-teater” troupe that produced original works and unusual stage versions of literary classics. Many of the actors with whom he worked in both companies later starred in several of his films.

      Fassbinder made his first full-length motion picture in 1969 under the pseudonym of Franz Walsch, an alias he used until 1971. A prolific artist, he went on to complete more than 40 films and many theatre pieces during his brief career. His films, which are highly critical of middle-class values and manners, include Katzelmacher (1969; the word is Bavarian slang for “foreign worker”), about a working-class Greek who shocks the German bourgeoisie; Die bitteren Tränen der Petra von Kant (1972; The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant), an account of power struggles in human relationships; Angst essen Seele auf (1973; Ali: Fear Eats the Soul), a tale of doomed romance between a German cleaning woman and a much younger Moroccan mechanic; and In einem Jahr mit 13 Monden (1979; In a Year of 13 Moons), a political allegory concerning a transsexual who regrets having undergone a sex-change operation. Fassbinder's great trilogy—Die Ehe der Maria Braun (1979; The Marriage of Maria Braun), an ironic portrait of a marriage that reflects German history from World War II to the “economic miracle” of the 1950s; Lola (1981), Fassbinder's version of the Blue Angel legend; and Der Sehnsucht der Veronika Voss (1982; Veronika Voss), based on the life of the German actress Sybille Schmitz—was well received. He also adapted Alfred Döblin's novel Berlin Alexanderplatz for a 14-part television series in 1980 and later released all of the episodes as a feature film that ran nearly 16 hours.

      Fassbinder greatly admired American cinema and its straightforward, uncomplicated narrative style; the melodramas of German-trained director Douglas Sirk (Sirk, Douglas) were a major influence. Fassbinder believed that intellectual subject matter worked best without the self-conscious “artiness” employed by his fellow European directors. Though his initial success was critical rather than popular, both his later films and his death at the age of 36 prompted widespread interest in his early work.

Additional Reading
Robert Katz and Peter Berling, Love is Colder than Death: The Life and Times of Rainer Werner Fassbinder (1987, reissued 1989); Yann Lardeau, Rainer Werner Fassbinder (1990).

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