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GERMANY IN AUTUMN [DEUTSCHLAND IM HERBST]

Director: Alexander Kluge; Hans-Peter Cloos; Maximiliane Mainka; Beate Mainka-Jellinghaus; Rainer Werner Fassbinder; Alf Brustellin; Peter Schubert; Bernhard Sinkel
Screenplay: Heinrich Böll; Peter F. Steinbach
Director of Photography: Michael Ballhaus; Jürgen Jürges; Dietrich Lohmann; Jörg Schmidt-Reitwein; Bodo Kessler; Colin Mounier
Cast: Heinz Bennent; Mario Adorf; Vadim Glowna; Helmut Griem; Wolf Biermann; Angela Winkler
Country, Year of production:
D, 1977-1978
Color: Color/bw
Genre: Documentary; Drama

Germany's top directors, among them Rainer Werner Fassbinder, joined forces to make this episode film. Throughout the seventies, the RAF (Red Army Fraction - an outgrowth of the notorious Baader-Meinhof gang) had waged a campaign of terror against those in power, and the government's escalating efforts to root out the terrorists had resulted in a virtual state of siege by the Autumn of 1977. Here is an immediate, impassioned response to the events of that Autumn: the RAF kidnapping and murder of industrialist Hans-Martin Schleyer and the subsequent, highly suspicious deaths of the imprisoned Baader-Meinhof terrorists.

I DON'T JUST WANT YOU TO LOVE ME [ICH WILL NICHT NUR, DASS IHR MICH LIEBT]

Director: Hans Günther Pflaum
Screenplay: Hans Günther Pflaum
Director of Photography: Werner Kurz; Manfred Burkle
Cast: Michael Ballhaus; Rainer Werner Fassbinder; Volker Schlöndorff; Hanna Schygulla
Country, Year of production:
D, 1992
Color: Color/bw
Genre: Documentary; Biography

Homage to the German filmmaker Rainer Werner Fassbinder who died in 1982 at the age of 37. The film journalist Hans Günther Pflaum introduces the spectator into the work and life of one of the most famous and at the same time controversial German film artists through a brilliant montage of film and statement extracts, thus creating a lively image of his work and convictions.

IN A YEAR WITH THIRTEEN MOONS [IN EINEM JAHR MIT 13 MONDEN]

Director: Rainer Werner Fassbinder
Screenplay: Rainer Werner Fassbinder
Director of Photography: Rainer Werner Fassbinder
Cast: Ingrid Caven; Gottfried John; Eva Mattes; Volker Spengler; Elisabeth Trissenaar
Country, Year of production:
D, 1978
Color: Color
Genre: Drama

The tragic story of the transsexual Elvira (formerly Erwin) in the city of Frankfurt who is slowly but surely perishing because of his social environment. Fassbinder geniusly converts the passion of his hero to a virtuoso journey through the twilight zones of a german metropolis, bringing together both polemics and sensitivity. One of his most intimate films.

LILI MARLEEN

Director: Rainer Werner Fassbinder
Screenplay: Manfred Purzer; Rainer Werner Fassbinder; Joshua Sinclair
Director of Photography: Xaver Schwarzenberger
Cast: Hark Bohm; Mel Ferrer; Giancarlo Giannini; Christine Kaufmann; Udo Kier; Hanna Schygulla; Barbara Valentin; Karl-Heinz von Hassel
Country, Year of production:
D, 1980-1981
Color: Color
Genre: Drama; Romance; War

Singer Willie rises to fame in Nazi Germany singing "Lili Marleen", the song of the soldier's girl. Though courted by Nazi party bosses and residing in a townhouse granter her by the Fuehrer himself, Willie still cannot prevent the arrest of the man she loves, Robert Mendelssohn, a Swiss Jew. With the help of a resistance group she manages to get Robert out of prison but thereby destroys her career. When the war ends there is no happy end? One of Rainer Werner Fassbinder's last films, "Lili Marleen" features a top cast headed by Hanna Schygulla, Giancarlo Giannini and Mel Ferrer, photography by the noted Xaver Schwarzenberger and set designs by Academy Award winner Rolf Zehetbauer.

LOLA

Director: Rainer Werner Fassbinder
Screenplay: Pea Fröhlich; Peter Märthesheimer; Rainer Werner Fassbinder
Director of Photography: Xaver Schwarzenberger
Cast: Mario Adorf; Karin Baal; Helga Feddersen; Armin Mueller-Stahl; Barbara Sukowa; Rosel Zech
Country, Year of production:
D, 1981
Color: Color
Genre: Drama; Comedy; Satire

A city in Germany. Germany in the autumn of 1957 at the time of the economic miracle. The Adenauer-era. A city in reconstruction. Everyone, it seems, benefits from it. Above all, Mr. Schuckert (Mario Adorf), the successful, jovial, construction king of the city. He is the secret ruler. He has something on everyone and is wide open for any inducement. Star of the "Villa Fink" is Lola (Barbara Sukowa), she is actually called Marie-Louise and has a little daughter, Mariechen. The menare crazy about her when she dances and sings. She is a very seductive person. And Mr. Esslin accompanies her - not only on piano. The little employee of the local building department is always seen in Lola's vicinity. Yet Schuckert has the money. None can pass him. Esslin, the dreamer, moralist and war opponent, ...

MARTHA

Director: Rainer Werner Fassbinder
Screenplay: Rainer Werner Fassbinder
Director of Photography: Michael Ballhaus
Cast: Karlheinz Böhm; Margit Carstensen; Gisela Fackeldey; Adrian Hoven
Country, Year of production:
D, 1973-1974
Color: Color
Genre: Drama; Thriller; TV Movie

Martha, a 31 year old library employee, marries a distinguished business man who proves himself as domineering and sadistic and "forms" her for his needs. In her half accepted isolation from the outer world, she finally panics, suffers an accident and stays paralyzed for her life... An intense and tormenting study about power and oppression and the therefore resulting mechanisms and rituals.

THEATRE IN TRANCE [THEATER IN TRANCE]

Director: Rainer Werner Fassbinder
Screenplay: Rainer Werner Fassbinder
Director of Photography: Werner Lüring
Country, Year of production:
D, 1981
Color: Color
Genre: Documentary

"Theatre in Trance" is a documentary about the Festival "Theatres of the World". More than 30 theatrical groups from 15 different countries participated at the Festival in June 1981 in Cologne. Rainer Werner Fassbinder observed them for two weeks and shot their incredible performances. The film consists of 14 chapters in which he presents the most important groups like: "Squat Theatre", New York, the "Magazzini criminali" from Florence, the "Kipper Kids" from California or the "Pina-Bausch-Tanzgruppe" from Wuppertal. The text which Fassbinder reads is taken from the collection "Le Théâtre et son double" written by one of the most important theoreticians of modern theatre Antonin Artaud. But Fassbinder also adds his own commentaries to the film. A wonderful experience with magnificent ...

THIRD GENERATION, THE [DRITTE GENERATION, DIE]

Director: Rainer Werner Fassbinder
Screenplay: Rainer Werner Fassbinder
Director of Photography: Rainer Werner Fassbinder
Cast: Eddie Constantine; Bulle Ogier; Hanna Schygulla; Volker Spengler
Country, Year of production:
D, 1979
Color: Color
Genre: Comedy; Crime; Drama

A group of bored terrorists in Berlin is practising terrorism without realising that they are manipulated by an industrialist. A black comedy that serves Fassbinder as a description of the psychic constitution of the third generation of RAF-terrorists one year after the Schleyer-kidnapping.

VERONIKA VOSS [SEHNSUCHT DER VERONIKA VOSS, DIE]

Director: Rainer Werner Fassbinder
Screenplay: Pea Fröhlich; Peter Märthesheimer; Rainer Werner Fassbinder
Director of Photography: Xaver Schwarzenberger
Cast: Annemarie Düringer; Cornelia Froboess; Hilmar Thate; Rosel Zech
Country, Year of production:
D, 1982
Color: black/white
Genre: Drama

Munich 1955, sport reporter Robert Krohn (Hilmar Thate) meets the former UFA Filmstar Veronika Voss (Rosel Zech). The war and the fall of the German movie industry ended her career and destroyed her marriage. With fame and fortune gone, Veronika turns to alcohol and morphine, abused by the unscrupulous Dr Katz. Robert aims to free her form this vicious circle and sets a trap for Dr. Katz? After "The Marriage of Maria Braun" and "Lola" this is the second part of Fassbinder's "BRD Trilogy." A gripping and bitter satire of post Nazi Germany.

WHY DID HERR R. RUN AMOK? [WARUM LAEUFT HERR R. AMOK?]

Director: Rainer Werner Fassbinder
Screenplay: Rainer Werner Fassbinder; Michael Fengler
Director of Photography: Dietrich Lohmann
Cast: Harry Baer; Amadeus Fengler; Kurt Raab; Lilith Ungerer
Country, Year of production:
D, 1969-1970
Color: Color
Genre: Drama; Comedy

Scenes from the miserable family and working life of an employee: Mr R. does not stand the suffered humiliations any more and finally vents his frustration in a bloody murder. Fassbinder brutally demonstrates the banal daily life of an average person and analyses the fatal beginning of a supposed rash reaction.