Rainer Werner Fassbinder - Rotten Tomatoes

Rainer Werner Fassbinder

Highest Rated:   100% World on a Wire (2011)
Lowest Rated:   29% Lili Marleen (1981)
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Birthplace:   Bad Wörishofen, Bavaria, Germany
Born in 1945 in Bad Wörishofen, Fassbinder lived with his mother in Munich after his parents divorced when he was five. Part of the postwar generation weaned on American culture and German historical amnesia about the Nazi years, he spent his youth at the movies and became a fan of Hollywood, particularly German émigré Douglas Sirk's glossy 1950s melodramas. After high school, Fassbinder applied to the Berlin Film School -- and was rejected. Undaunted, he began making shorts and joined Munich's underground Action Theater troupe in 1967 as an actor, writer, and director; he formed his own company, the Anti-Theater, in 1968. Applying the theater ethos of working collaboratively with a stock company of actors and technicians, Fassbinder and the Anti-Theater began making feature films in 1969, with the gangster movies Love Is Colder Than Death and Gods of the Plague, as well as a stylized film adaptation of his play Katzelmacher, about a foreigner's effect on a group of rootless young Germans. Revealing his cinematic influences early on, The American Soldier (1970), the third in Fassbinder's gangster trilogy, was a pastiche of American film noir, and Whity (1971) was a Western. Fassbinder's nascent interest in examining the lives of ordinary people in realistic settings, however, also emerged in his neorealist comedy drama about a middle-class man who inexplicably kills his family, Why Does Herr R. Run Amok? (1970). After an unsatisfactory film adaptation of Marieluise Fleisser's play Pioneers in Ingolstadt (1971), the original Anti-Theater troupe dissolved due to tensions satirically chronicled by Fassbinder in his reflexive film Beware of a Holy Whore (1971). He did, however, continue to work with a stock company of actors throughout the rest of his career. Taking advantage of the various funding sources available in Germany, he formed his own production company, Tango Film, and made The Merchant of Four Seasons (1971), a bleak story of a working man's loveless marriage and alcoholic death. A blend of melodrama, garish style, and harsh realism that became Fassbinder's signature, The Merchant of Four Seasons was a critically hailed success in Germany. He followed it with the overtly theatrical The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant (1972). Though set among working-class teens, Jail Bait (1972) similarly revealed the dangerous effects of romantic illusions and social mores. After two TV dramas about stifled wives, Martha (1973) and an adaptation of A Doll's House, Nora Helmer (1973), Fassbinder adapted Theodor Fontane's 19th-century novel Effi Briest for the screen in 1974. Critically hailed as another artistic triumph, Effi Briest has come to be considered one of his best films. 1974 became an even more crucial year in the Fassbinder's career with the release of Fear Eats the Soul. Remaking Sirk's All That Heaven Allows (1955), Fassbinder transformed the central couple into a frumpy older German woman and a young sexy Arab to explore the complex role social enmity plays in sustaining the relationship. Winner of the critics' prize at the Cannes Film Festival, Fear Eats the Soul earned Fassbinder his first taste of international attention as one of Germany's new generation of intriguing directors. His next film, Fox and His Friends (1975), brought more approbation. Starring the director himself as lower-class lottery winner Fox, Fox and His Friends compassionately and intelligently exposed how the assumedly outsider homosexual subculture was just as subject to middle-class aspirations and cruelty, reaching a wrenching conclusion in a refined, marble-cold subway station.Despite Fassbinder's burgeoning international reputation, some of his subsequent work met with official disapproval at home. Mother Kusters Goes to Heaven (1975) had a potentially incendiary story about the political and media exploitation of a killer's kindly widow, which got the film rejected by the Berlin Film Festival. His

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RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet Bremer Freiheit: Frau Geesche Gottfried - Ein bürgerliches Trauerspiel (Bremen Freedom)
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
2014
No Score Yet Theater in Trance (Theatre in Trance)
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
2014
No Score Yet Baal
  • Actor
2014
100% World on a Wire
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
2011
No Score Yet Rainer Werner Fassbinder, 1977
  • Actor
2011
No Score Yet Rainer Werner Fassbinder - Letzte Arbeiten
  • Actor
2011
No Score Yet Nora Helmer
  • Director
2011
No Score Yet Daniel Schmid - Le chat qui pense
  • Actor
2010
83% The Bourne Identity
  • Zurich Cop
$121.5M 2002
No Score Yet Das Leben ist eine Baustelle. (Life Is All You Get)
  • Actor
1997
No Score Yet Ich will nicht nur, daß ihr mich liebt (I Don't Just Want You to Love Me)
  • Actor
1993
No Score Yet Room 666 (Chambre 666)
  • Actor
1985
83% Kamikaze '89
  • Jansen
1983
No Score Yet The Wizard of Babylon (Der Bauer von Babylon - Rainer Werner Fassbinder dreht Querelle)
  • Actor
1983
56% Querelle
  • Actor
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
1982
67% Die Sehnsucht der Veronika Voss
  • Director
  • Police Superintendent
1982
100% Lola
  • Director
1981
29% Lili Marleen
  • Director
1981
88% The Third Generation (Die Dritte Generation)
  • Producer
  • Director
1980
100% Berlin Alexanderplatz
  • Screenwriter
1980
88% The Marriage of Maria Braun (Die Ehe der Maria Braun)
  • Peddler
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
1979
64% In a Year with 13 Moons (In einem Jahr mit 13 Monden)
  • Screenwriter
  • Producer
  • Director
1978
68% Despair (Despair - Eine Reise ins Licht)
  • Director
1978
88% Germany in Autumn
  • Director
  • Actor
1978
100% Warum Lauft Herr R. Amok? (Why Does Herr R. Run Amok?)
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
1977
75% Satansbraten (Satan's Brew)
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
1977
50% Bolwieser (The Stationmaster's Wife)
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
1977
70% Effi Briest (Fontane Effi Briest)
  • Director
1977
80% Gods of the Plague (Gotter der Pest)
  • Actor
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
1977
No Score Yet Angst vor der Angst (Fear of Fear)
  • Director
1976
100% Ich will doch nur, daß ihr mich liebt (I Only Want You to Love Me)
  • Director
  • Actor
1976
77% The American Soldier (Der amerikanische Soldat)
  • Franz Walsh
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
1976
No Score Yet Shadow of Angels
  • Raoul
  • Screenwriter
1976
83% Chinese Roulette
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
1976
100% Mother Kusters Goes to Heaven
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
1975
83% Fox and His Friends
  • FoxFranz Bieberkopf / 'Fox'Franz Biberkopf
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
1975
No Score Yet Wie Ein Vogel Auf Dem Draht (Like a Bird on a Wire)
  • Director
1975
86% Martha
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
1974
100% Angst Essen Seele auf (Ali: Fear Eats the Soul)
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
  • Eugen
  • Producer
1974
60% Die Zärtlichkeit der Wölfe (The Tenderness of Wolves)
  • Actor
1973
86% Die Bitteren Tränen der Petra von Kant (The Bitter Tears of Petra Von Kant)
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
1972
No Score Yet Wildwechsel
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
1972
100% Whity
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
1971
50% Pioniere in Ingolstadt
  • Director
1971
No Score Yet Rio das Mortes
  • Director
1971
87% Warnung vor einer Heiligen Nutte (Beware of a Holy Whore)
  • Sascha
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
1971
93% Händler der vier Jahreszeiten (The Merchant of Four Seasons)
  • Zucker
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
1971
No Score Yet Haytabo (Falscher Verdacht)
  • Actor
1971
No Score Yet Mathias Kneiss
  • Actor
1971
60% Die Niklashauser Fart (The Niklashausen Journey)
  • Director
  • Actor
1970
100% Katzelmacher
  • Jorgos
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
1969
63% Love Is Colder Than Death
  • Screenwriter
  • Producer
  • Director
1969

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