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Rainer Werner Fassbinder

Rainer Werner Fassbinder

Date of Birth: May 31, 1945

Country: Germany

Biography: Rainer Werner Fassbinder (31 May 1945 – 10 June 1982), sometimes credited as R. W. Fassbinder, was a German filmmaker, actor, playwright, theatre director, composer, editor, and essayist.

Total Credits at Criticker: 25 (Actor), 43 (Director), 39 (Writer)

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    Die Sehnsucht der Veronika Voss (1982)
    Munich, 1955: A sports journalist meets Veronika Voss, an UFA actress who supposedly had an affair with Goebbels... (imdb)
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    Querelle (1982)
    French sailor Querelle arrives in Brest and starts frequenting a strange whorehouse. He discovers that his brother Robert is the lover of the lady owner, Lysiane. Here, you can play dice with Nono, Lysiane's husband : if you win, you are allowed to make love with Lysiane, if you lose, you have to make love with Nono... Querelle loses on purpose... (imdb)
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    Lola (1981)
    Ten years after the war, West Germany's market economy is booming. Into an unnamed city that's rife with corruption comes a new building commissioner, Herr von Bohm, committed to progress but also upright. He's smitten by Marie-Louise, a single mother who's his landlady's daughter. Von Bohm does not realize she is also Lola, a singer at a bordello and the mistress of Schuckert, a local builder whose profits depend on von Bohm's projects... (imdb)
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    Lili Marleen (1981)
    In Switzerland German singer 'Wilkie' falls in love with Jewish composer 'Robert' who offers resistance to the Nazis by helping refugees. But his family thinks that 'Wilkie' is also a Nazi and may be a risk for them... (imdb)
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    Theater in Trance (1981)
    A documentary film in fourteen chapters about the festival "Theater der Welt 1981" in Cologne. The program encompassed more than 30 groups from 15 countries and more than 100 performances. For two weeks, Rainer Werner Fassbinder observed the participants in the festival and filmed their acts. (fassbinderfoundation)
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    Berlin Alexanderplatz (1980)
    In late-1920s Berlin, Franz Biberkopf is released from prison and vows to go straight; however he soon finds himself embroiled in the city's criminal underworld.
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    The Marriage of Maria Braun (1979)
    This movie follows the life of a young German woman, married to a soldier in the waning days of WWII... (imdb)
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    Die Dritte Generation (1979)
    Displaying a sense of humor that can most kindly be described as perverse, Fassbinder follows the exploits of a group of well-heeled German terrorists. Without truly taking sides, the director demonstrates how the terrorists are essentially shooting themselves in the foot. The more havoc they spread, the tighter the government restrictions against other radicals. (All Movie Guide)
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    Despair (1978)
    Germany in the early 1930s. Against the backdrop of the Nazis' rise, Hermann Hermann, a Russian émigré and chocolate magnate, goes slowly mad (imdb)
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    In a Year of 13 Moons (1978)
    After series of bad events in her life, Elvira, a transsexual, undergoes an emotional journey to reexamine her life and sexual identity.
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    Deutschland im Herbst (1978)
    The movie does not have a plot per se; it mixes documentary footage, along with standard movie scenes, to give the audience the mood of Germany during the late 1970s. (imdb)
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    The Stationmaster's Wife (1977)
    The lackluster and plodding Bolweiser has the (mis)fortune to be married to the town's siren; his trusting nature leads him into serious trouble when she beds nearly every available guy. (imdb)
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    Frauen in New York (1977)
    A circle of friends in 1930s' New York: They meet at parties, fashion houses, at the hairdresser, at the gym. They dedicate their lifes to beauty and health - the wealthy men that make this lifestyle possible never actually occur although being the main topic of conversation. All of the women's lifes are centered on their husbands or lovers.... (KG)
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    Satan's Brew (1976)
    Walter, a German anarchist poet, is short of money after his publisher refuses to give him an advance... (imdb)
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    Chinese Roulette (1976)
    A wealthy couple, with a daughter Angela, a young teen who walks with crutches, tells each other they are off for the weekend on business (he to Oslo, she to Milan). Actually, both are meeting their lovers, and both go to the family's county home, Traunitz castle... (imdb)
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    I Only Want You to Love Me (1976)
    A man is interviewed by a sympathetic woman. His tale unfolds, of hard work that never pleases his parents, of a father who denigrates his efforts, of an indifferent mother... (imdb)
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    Fox and His Friends (1975)
    Franz "Fox" Biberkopf is a working-class guy, at loose ends when his lover is arrested and the police shutter their carnival booth... (imdb)
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    Fear of Fear (1975)
    Margot, who lives in a comfortable middle class apartment, fears that she is losing her mind after having had her second child... (imdb)
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    Mother Küsters Goes to Heaven (1975)
    Frau Kusters is preparing dinner late one seemingly ordinary afternoon in her seemingly ordinary kitchen in Frankfurt, Germany. Mrs. Kusters wants to add canned sausages to the stew, her annoying daughter-in-law thinks otherwise. The point, we soon find out, is moot: Mr. Kusters has murdered the personnel director at the soap factory where he works before committing suicide. (imdb)
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    Like a Bird on a Wire (1975)
    It is a personality-TV-show for German actress Brigitte Mira. In different TV-studio-settings Brigitte Mira sings some popular songs starting with Leonard Cohens BIRD ON A WIRE in German language WIE EIN VOGEL AUF DEM DRAHT - the title of this show. (imdb comments)
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    Ali: Fear Eats the Soul (1974)
    Emmi, a woman truly in the second half of life falls in love with Ali, an more than ten years younger Arab guest worker.
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    Fontane - Effi Briest (1974)
    In the nineteenth century, seventeen year old Effi Briest is married to the older Baron von Instetten and moves into a house, that she believes has a ghost, in a small isolated Baltic town. She soon bears a daughter, Annie, and hires the lapsed Catholic Roswitha to look after her. Effi is lonely when her husband is away on business, so she spends time riding and walking along the shore with Major Crampas... (imdb)
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    Martha (1974)
    Martha (1974) - TV Movie
    A single woman in her early thirties, Martha (Margit Carstensen) is on vacation with her father in Europe when he has a heart attack and falls down dead. She reacts rather indifferently and returns home to her highly-strung mother and begins to new era of her life taking care of a completely ungrateful and insulting mother... (imdb)
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    Nora Helmer (1974)
    Nora Helmer (1974) - TV Movie
    Fassbinder's version of Ibsen's A Doll's House for television develops a radical yet scrupulous reading of the play. Stripped of sentimentality and giving Nora (Carstensen) self-assurance from the start, this studio production delivers its critique of bourgeois marriage with a force rarely matched even in the theatre. Almost every scene is shot through latticework, net curtains, cut glass, ornate mirrors, so that the characters are perhaps visually obscured but always intellectually focused. (Time Out)
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    World on a Wire (1973)
    World on a Wire (1973) - TV Mini-Series
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    Jail Bait (1973)
    Jail Bait (1973) - TV Movie
    It's a family-story with all the restrictions in a typical Bavarian Fassbinder-family. Eva Matthes is the daughter in her puberty who wants to explore sexuality. Harry Baer is the young Romeo. But as always with Fassbinder the people surrounding the two - parents - are enemies of the relationship. (IMDB Comments)
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    The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant (1972)
    Petra von Kant is a successful fashion designer -- arrogant, caustic, and self-satisfied. She mistreats Marlene (her secretary, maid, and co-designer) (imdb)
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    The Merchant of Four Seasons (1972)
    Hans is a street fruit peddler and born-loser. His choice of career upsets his bourgeois family, causing him to turn to drinking and violence. After recovering from a debilitating heart attack, his business finally begins to take off. However the more he becomes a credit to his family, the more depressed he becomes. One sociable day, while toasting his friends and family, he decides to drink himself to death. (IMDB)
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    Eight Hours Are Not a Day (1972)
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    Bremer Freiheit (1972)
    A very stylized TV version of the Fassbinder play. The set consists of a few pieces of furniture in front of a large screen on which coastal scenery is back projected. Geesche is a nineteenth century woman who wants to have a mind of her own. She defies convention and will do anything to achieve her freedom from oppression by her family and friends. (imdb)
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    Whity (1971)
    "Whity" is the mulatto butler of the dysfunctional Nicholson family in the American southwest in 1878... (imdb)
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    Beware of a Holy Whore (1971)
    On a film set there are two things missing, the film material and the director. So the actors and actresses as well as the crew try to make the best out of the situation (imdb)
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    Pioneers in Ingolstadt (1971)
    Berta, a naive young maid, searches for love when the army engineers come to town to build a bridge. (imdb)
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    Rio das Mortes (1971)
    Michel and Guenther, working in dead-end jobs, are obsessed with going to Peru to find buried treasure, using a map of the Rio das Mortes. Michel's girlfriend, Hanna, humors their plan, but really just wants to get married. (imdb)
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    Why Does Herr R. Run Amok? (1970)
    With slicked-down hair and three-piece suits, dependable Herr Raab is a technical draftsman. He gets along with his colleagues although his boss wants him to go beyond technical cleanliness to problem solving (imdb)
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    Gods of the Plague (1970)
    Franz Walsch, a small-time hood, is released from jail and searches for his old acquaintances. He finds his girlfriend Johanna and visits his mother with his brother Marian. (imdb)
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    The Niklashausen Journey (1970)
    Can a small group of people start a proletarian revolution, asks the "Black Monk" in a leather jacket. The medieval shepherd, Hans Boehm, claims to have been called by the Virgin Mary to create a revolt against the church and the landowners. The "Black Monk" suggests that he would have more success if he dressed up Johanna and had her appear as the Virgin Mary. (imdb)
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    The American Soldier (1970)
    Ricky is a cold-blooded German-American contract killer. After serving in Vietnam he returns to his home town of Munich to eliminate a few problem crooks for three renegade cops. He inspects his old neighborhood with his childhood accomplice Franz Walsch, and pays a short visit to his mother and doting brother. When Ricky asks the hotel clerk for a girl, one of the cops sends his girlfriend Rosa. However she falls for the killer. (imdb)
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    Das Kaffeehaus (1970)
    In Ridolfo's coffeehouse, citizens meet to talk about money, friendship, love, and honor. This is a modernistic staging for television of a play by Carlo Goldoni (1707-1793), the Venetian playwright whose many works preserve in scripted form the improvisational productions of the Italian commedia dell'arte. (Juliane Lorenz)
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    Katzelmacher (1969)
    Jorgos, an emigrant worker from Greece, joins a group of young people usually hanging around. This foreigner incites hostility and jealousy among them... (imdb)
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    Love Is Colder Than Death (1969)
    Unusual gangster story, in which a small-time pimp Franz, who is torn between his mistress and Bruno... (imdb)
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    The Little Chaos  (1966)
    Theo, Marite, and Franz cannot make any money selling magazines door to door, so they try a little robbery. (imdb)
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    The City Tramp (1966)
    The City Tramp (1966) - Short Film
    A tramp finds a gun lying in the street. (imdb)
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