• Eight Hours are Not a Day (Acht Stunden sind kein Tag) Poster

    Eight Hours are Not a Day (Acht Stunden sind kein Tag)

    Eight Hours are Not a Day (Acht Stunden sind kein Tag) Poster

    Eight Hours are Not a Day (Acht Stunden sind kein Tag)

    Commissioned to make a working-class family drama, up-and-coming director Rainer Werner Fassbinder took the assignment and ran, upending expectations by depicting social realities in West Germany from a critical yet far from cynical perspective. Over the course of several hours, the sprawling story tracks the everyday triumphs and travails of the young toolmaker Jochen (Gottfried John) and many of the people populating his world, including the woman he loves (Hanna Schygulla), his eccentric nuclear family, and his fellow workers, with whom he bands together to improve conditions on the factory floor. Rarely screened since its popular but controversial initial broadcast, Eight Hours Don't Make a Day rates as a true discovery, one of Fassbinder's earliest and most tender experiments with the possibilities of melodrama.

  • World on a Wire (Welt am Draht) Poster

    World on a Wire (Welt am Draht)

    World on a Wire (Welt am Draht) Poster

    World on a Wire (Welt am Draht)

    A dystopic science-fiction epic, World on a Wire is German wunderkind Rainer Werner Fassbinder's gloriously cracked, boundlessly inventive take on future paranoia. With dashes of Kubrick, Vonnegut, and Dick, but a flavor entirely his own, Fassbinder tells the noir-spiked tale of reluctant action hero Fred Stiller, a cybernetics engineer who uncovers a massive corporate and governmental conspiracy. At risk? Our entire (virtual) reality as we know it. This long unseen three-and-a-half-hour labyrinth is a satiric and surreal look at the weird world of tomorrow from one of cinema's kinkiest geniuses.

  • Querelle Poster

    Querelle

    Querelle Poster

    Querelle

    Querelle is a sailor on shore leave in the French port of Brest. Following an argument, in which he stabs and kills his drug-smuggling partner, he seeks shelter in a nearby brothel. There he befriends the predatory madam, Lysiane, who leads him into his first homosexual encounter. From then on Querelle embarks upon a voyage of highly charged and sometimes violent sexual self-discovery that will transform him forever from the man he once was...

  • Veronica Voss (Die Sehnsucht der Veronika Voss) Poster

    Veronica Voss (Die Sehnsucht der Veronika Voss)

    Veronica Voss (Die Sehnsucht der Veronika Voss) Poster

    Veronica Voss (Die Sehnsucht der Veronika Voss)

    In Munich 1955, German film star Veronika Voss becomes a drug addict at the mercy of corrupt Dr. Marianne Katz, who keeps her supplied with morphine. After meeting sports writer Robert Krohn, Veronika begins to dream of a return to stardom. As the couple's relationship escalates in intensity, Veronika begins seriously planning her return to the screen -- only to realize how debilitated she has become through her drug habit.

  • Theatre in Trance (Theater in Trance) Poster

    Theatre in Trance (Theater in Trance)

    Theatre in Trance (Theater in Trance) Poster

    Theatre in Trance (Theater in Trance)

    Rainer Werner Fassbinder visits for two weeks the "Theater der Welt" festival 1981 in Cologne. 30 companies showed in over 100 performances their own visions of a new theater. Framed by Fassbinder's reading of one of the famous essays on theater: Antonin Artaud's "The Theater and its double". The audience is left to wonder how much of Artaud's radical and beautiful vision is realized in contemporary theater.

  • Lola (1981) Poster

    Lola (1981)

    Lola (1981) Poster

    Lola (1981)

    A homage to Von Sternberg's 'The Blue Angel,' Fassbinder's film follows a stuffy municipal building commissioner who loses his heart to Lola, a sluttish entertainer.

  • Lili Marleen Poster

    Lili Marleen

    Lili Marleen Poster

    Lili Marleen

    German cabaret star Lili Marleen inspired a song that was extremely popular with the German soldiers during WW II. This war drama offers a fictionalized account of her story that begins in 1938 while she performs in a Zurich cabaret. It is her boyfriend, a Swiss Jew who also turns out to be a resistance fighter who pens her famous song. She sings it in Germany and it becomes a hit with the German troops. As a result, Hitler himself invites her to perform for him. This does not set well with the songwriter's powerful who, upon learning that Marleen has become a famed singer in Germany, seek to have her barred from Switzerland. This does not stop the songwriter from loving her though and desperate to see her one last time, he sneaks into Berlin for a tryst. Unfortuantely he is arrested and she gets blacklisted. They do not see each other again until after the war. By this time, their lives have changed considerably. This is not considered among the best of Fassbinder's best films.~ Sandra Brennan, All Movie Guide

  • Berlin Alexanderplatz Poster

    Berlin Alexanderplatz

    Berlin Alexanderplatz Poster

    Berlin Alexanderplatz

    Berlin Alexanderplatz, originally broadcast in 1980, is a 14-part television film adapted and directed by Rainer Werner Fassbinder from the Alfred Döblin novel of the same name, and stars Günter Lamprecht, Hanna Schygulla, Barbara Sukowa, Elisabeth Trissenaar and Gottfried John. The complete film is 15½ hours long.

  • The Third Generation (Die dritte Generation) Poster

    The Third Generation (Die dritte Generation)

    The Third Generation (Die dritte Generation) Poster

    The Third Generation (Die dritte Generation)

    A mogul merrily funds terrorists to boost his computer sales, by panicking West German government and industry c. 1980, as the third generation of Western European left-wing activists forms, after crippling of the violent Red Army Faction. Released in 1979, largely unavailable until 2004. International kapitalist PJ Lurz's secretary is a gang member, while her Polizeikommissar father-in-law/lover hired Lurz' corporate security force.

  • The Marriage of Maria Braun (Die Ehe der Maria Braun) Poster

    The Marriage of Maria Braun (Die Ehe der Maria Braun)

    The Marriage of Maria Braun (Die Ehe der Maria Braun) Poster

    The Marriage of Maria Braun (Die Ehe der Maria Braun)

    The film that elevated German director Rainer Werner Fassbinder from domestic approbation to international acclaim, The Marriage of Maria Braun stars the director's on-and-off favorite actress Hanna Schygulla in the title role. During the allied siege of Germany in the last year of the war, Maria's new husband (Klaus Löwitsch) is shipped off to the Russian front before the marriage is consummated. As she struggles to survive wartime deprivations, Maria haunts the local train station, seeking out information concerning her husband. When it appears that she's a widow, Maria takes a job as a barmaid and befriends a black soldier (George Byrd) from the occupying allied troops, who sees to it that Maria's family receives vital food and supplies. The opportunistic Maria eventually takes a job with a wealthy importer (Ivan Desny), building herself up to a position of power and indispensability. Though she sleeps with her employer, Maria still carries a torch for her husband.~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide