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      Rainer Werner Fassbinder

      Rainer Werner Fassbinder

      Highest Rated: 100% Katzelmacher (1969)

      Lowest Rated: 40% The Stationmaster's Wife (1977)

      Birthday: May 31, 1945

      Birthplace: Bad Wörishofen, Germany

      By far the best-known director of the New German Cinema, Fassbinder has also been called the most important filmmaker of the post-WWII generation. Exceptionally versatile and prolific, he directed over 40 films between 1969 and 1982; in addition, he wrote most of his scripts, produced and edited many of his films and wrote plays and songs, as well as acting on stage, in his own films and in the films of others. Although he worked in a variety of genres--the gangster film, comedy, science fiction, literary adaptations--most of his stories employed elements of Hollywood melodrama from the 1950s overlayed with social criticism and avant-garde techniques. Fassbinder's expressed desire was to make films that were both popular and critical successes, and he has been praised as a postmodernist filmmaker whose films satisfy audience expectations while simultaneously subverting them.

      Highest rated movies

      100% Katzelmacher
      86% Kamikaze '89
      86% Fox and His Friends
      84% Beware of a Holy Whore
      70% Love Is Colder Than Death
      67% The Niklashausen Journey

      Photos

      THE AMERICAN SOLDIER, (aka DER AMERIKANISCHE SOLDAT), Karl Scheydt, Rainer Werner Fassbinder, 1970. BEWARE OF A HOLY WHORE, Kurt Raab, Rainer Werner Fassbinder, 1971 DESPAIR, director Rainer Werner Fassbinder (at camera) on set, 1978, (c) New Line KAMIKAZE 89, (aka KAMIKAZE 1989, aka KAMIKAZE '89), Rainer Werner Fassbinder, 1982. © Film Movement BAAL, from top: Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Margarethe von Trotta, 1970. ©Hessischer Rundfunk VERONIKA VOSS, (aka DIE SEHNSUCHT DER VERONIKA VOSS), Director Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Rosel Zech, 1982, (c) United Artists LOVE IS COLDER THAN DEATH, (aka LIEBE IST KALTER ALS DER TOD), Ulli Lommel, Rainer Werner Fassbinder, 1969. VERONIKA VOSS, (aka DIE SEHNSUCHT DER VERONIKA VOSS), Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Rosel Zech, 1982, (c) United Artists FOX AND HIS FRIENDS, Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Christiane Maybach, 1975 SHADOW OF ANGELS, (aka SCATTEN DER ENGEL), Adrian Hoven (top), Rainer Werner Fassbinder, 1976 KATZELMACHER, Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Hanna Schygulla, 1969 KAMIKAZE 89, (aka KAMIKAZE 1989, aka KAMIKAZE '89), Rainer Werner Fassbinder, 1982. © Film Movement LOVE IS COLDER THAN DEATH, (aka LIEBE IST KALTER ALS DER TOD), Hanna Schygulla, Ulli Lommel, Rainer Werner Fassbinder, 1969. FOX AND HIS FRIENDS, Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Kurt Raab, 1975 FOX AND HIS FRIENDS, Rainer Werner Fassbinder, 1975 KAMIKAZE 1989, Rainer Werner Fassbinder, 1982. KAMIKAZE 89, (aka KAMIKAZE 1989, aka KAMIKAZE '89), from left: Nicole Heesters, Rainer Werner Fassbinder, 1982. © Film Movement KAMIKAZE 89, (aka KAMIKAZE 1989, aka KAMIKAZE '89), Rainer Werner Fassbinder, 1982. © Film Movement KAMIKAZE 89, (aka KAMIKAZE 1989, aka KAMIKAZE '89), Rainer Werner Fassbinder, 1982. © Film Movement KAMIKAZE 89, (aka KAMIKAZE 1989, aka KAMIKAZE '89), director Wolf Gremm (standing beneath boom mike, hand raised), Rainer Werner Fassbinder (center, leopard print), cinematographer Xaver Schwarzenberger (crouching by camera, dark hair), on set, 1982. © Film Movement

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Fassbinder Story Self - 2014
      75% 73% Water Drops on Burning Rocks Writer $87.3K 2000
      86% 56% Kamikaze '89 Polizeileutnant Jansen (Character) $18.7K 1983
      93% 85% Lola Director,
      Screenwriter,
      Film Editing
      - 1982
      60% 70% Querelle Director,
      Screenwriter,
      Film Editing
      - 1982
      76% 85% Veronika Voss Director,
      Screenwriter,
      Producer
      - 1982
      No Score Yet 88% Die Sehnsucht der Veronika Voss Director - 1982
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Theater in Trance Director,
      Screenwriter
      - 1981
      50% 74% Lili Marleen Director - 1981
      65% 76% Despair Director,
      Film Editing
      - 1979
      92% 72% The Third Generation Director,
      Screenwriter,
      Producer,
      Cinematographer
      - 1979
      92% 90% The Marriage of Maria Braun Director,
      Writer,
      Writer,
      Film Editing
      - 1978
      75% 80% In a Year of 13 Moons Director,
      Writer,
      Producer,
      Cinematographer,
      Film Editor
      - 1978
      88% 68% Germany in Autumn Director - 1978
      40% 79% The Stationmaster's Wife Director,
      Writer,
      Film Editing
      - 1977
      75% 79% Satan's Brew Director,
      Writer
      - 1976
      83% 68% Chinese Roulette Director,
      Writer
      - 1976
      100% 89% I Only Want You to Love Me Director,
      Screenwriter
      - 1976
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Shadow of Angels Raoul (Character),
      Screenwriter
      - 1976
      100% 88% Mother Kusters Goes to Heaven Director,
      Writer
      - 1976
      86% 87% Fox and His Friends Franz Bieberkopf alias 'Fox' (Character),
      Director,
      Writer,
      Producer
      - 1975
      No Score Yet 85% Fear of Fear Director,
      Screenwriter
      - 1975
      86% 88% Martha Director,
      Screenwriter
      - 1974
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Effi Briest Director,
      Writer,
      Producer
      - 1974
      100% 91% Ali: Fear Eats the Soul Director,
      Producer,
      Music,
      Production Design
      - 1974
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Nora Helmer Director - 1974
      63% No Score Yet Tenderness of the Wolves Producer,
      Film Editing
      - 1973
      85% 85% The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant Director,
      Screenwriter
      - 1972
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Wildwechsel Director - 1972
      84% 62% Beware of a Holy Whore Sascha, Herstellungsleiter (Character),
      Director,
      Writer
      - 1971
      94% 75% The Merchant of Four Seasons Director,
      Writer
      - 1971
      100% 64% Whity Director,
      Screenwriter,
      Film Editing
      - 1971
      50% 50% Recruits in Ingolstadt Director,
      Writer
      - 1971
      No Score Yet 35% Rio das Mortes Hannas Tanzpartner (Character),
      Director,
      Writer,
      Film Editing
      - 1971
      No Score Yet 80% Baal Baal (Character) - 1970
      92% 76% Why Does Herr R. Run Amok? Director,
      Screenwriter
      - 1970
      79% 55% The American Soldier Director,
      Screenwriter,
      Producer
      - 1970
      83% 46% Gods of the Plague Director,
      Writer
      - 1970
      67% 32% The Niklashausen Journey Black Monk (Character),
      Director,
      Writer,
      Film Editing
      - 1970
      70% 58% Love Is Colder Than Death Franz (Character),
      Director,
      Screenwriter,
      Film Editing,
      Production Design
      - 1969
      100% 70% Katzelmacher Jorgos (Character),
      Director,
      Writer,
      Film Editing
      - 1969
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Bridegroom, the Actress and the Pimp The pimp / Freder in the play (Character) - 1968
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Little Chaos Franz (Character),
      Director
      - 1966
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The City Tramp Director,
      Screenwriter
      - 1966

      TV

      Credit
      98% No Score Yet World on a Wire Director,
      Writer
      1973