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Rainer Werner Fassbinder

Fassbinder was the most prolific major gay director of the past half-century—44 films from 1965 to 1982. He died at age 37 from an overdose of cocaine and pills. Any fans of him on here? I have not seen all his films but the ones I love are Fox and His Friends (1975), The Marriage of Maria Braun (1979), Veronika Voss (1982), and his last film Querelle (1982) adapted from a Jean Genet novel and starring hot Brad Davis.

In February 2022, gay French filmmaker Francois Ozon is debuting his remake/reinterpretation of Fassbinder’s The Bitter Tears of Petra Von Kant starring the great Isabelle Adjani at the Berlin Film Festival. Should be interesting, link below …

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by Anonymousreply 17January 13, 2022 8:31 PM

Yes I love his movies. I just got The Criterion Channel and they have a good selection. I haven't watched everything but I like everything that I have seen so far. I do like that he wasn't shy about male nudity and showing some very interesting images and a view into some unique lives.

by Anonymousreply 1January 13, 2022 11:40 AM

If they remade Querelle which modern actor could pull off the title role?

by Anonymousreply 2January 13, 2022 11:47 AM

In A Year Of 13 Moons and Ali: Fear Eats The Soul are masterpieces, while I find a lot to like in Satan’s Brew, Martha and Despair. Of course, Berlin Alexanderplatz is often mentioned as his most significant work - I own it but have not carved out the 17-hour commitment to watch it all quite yet. The one I haven’t been able to track down but I am dying to see is Lili Marlene. Fingers crossed Criterion acquires it sometime soon.

by Anonymousreply 3January 13, 2022 11:48 AM

R2, great question! Hmm, well MY choice off the top of my head would be Henry Cavill. Yum!

by Anonymousreply 4January 13, 2022 11:59 AM

R3, Lili Marlene seemed to have been his biggest hit in the US. And it does have a wider appeal than most of Fassbinder which makes its absence baffling.

by Anonymousreply 5January 13, 2022 12:34 PM

I can't understand the impetus to remake Petra von Kant, especially with a male lead, as a "tribute" to Fassbinder or filmmaking in general. In any case Fassbinder was bisexual, as his messy personal life attests. His depictions of women (particularly in Petra von Kant) and gay men along with his idiosyncratic politics were controversial in the '70s and for those reasons it's hard to imagine Gen Z embracing his work.

I love his miniseries Acht Stunden sind kein Tag (Eight Hours Don't Make a Day), which was on the Criterion channel at one point, the BRD Trilogy (Maria Braun, Lola, Veronika Voss) and Mutter Küsters Fahrt zum Himmel are good, too.

by Anonymousreply 6January 13, 2022 12:39 PM

So if Petra is a man and the others are still women, that takes out the queerness.

So now Petra is heterosexual.

by Anonymousreply 7January 13, 2022 2:00 PM

R7, the new one will have Petra as a gay man that is more or less inspired by Fassbinder in real life, and his love interest(s) in the new version is a man.

by Anonymousreply 8January 13, 2022 2:06 PM

I look forward to every Ozon film.

by Anonymousreply 9January 13, 2022 2:20 PM

R9, 8 Femmes is required viewing

by Anonymousreply 10January 13, 2022 2:21 PM

Fassbinder was another deplorable German Nazi, peddling anti-Jewish stereotypes as "art".

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by Anonymousreply 11January 13, 2022 2:33 PM

R6. Are you the bisexual troll? Because OP is correct. Fassbinder was gay. His first and only wife attests to this fact and she's pretty fired up that many are trying to rewrite his history.

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by Anonymousreply 12January 13, 2022 4:52 PM

Thank you for the link R12

by Anonymousreply 13January 13, 2022 4:54 PM

I’m not a “bisexual troll,” R12. He had male and female lovers irrespective of his matrimonial status, and he usually physically abused his female partners (see: Irm Hermann or even Craven) or allowed his male partners to abuse him (see Hedi ben Salem). Craven’s interview shows a jealous woman (of Juliane Lorenz in this case) staking out her own fame. Why are you so interested in a German filmmaker when you can’t even read German?

by Anonymousreply 14January 13, 2022 6:32 PM

Plenty of great art has been created by bad men.

by Anonymousreply 15January 13, 2022 6:37 PM

He was gay, Bisexual Troll, and you're calling his ex wife a jealous cunt for saying so? That's rich.

by Anonymousreply 16January 13, 2022 6:38 PM

I have never been able to see Querelle on any streaming or TV site. One of those movies I need to see - but I’m not buying it.

by Anonymousreply 17January 13, 2022 8:31 PM
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