Lola (1981)




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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.
Documentary , Drama , Special Interest
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United Artists Classics


Mario Adorf
as Schuckert
Karin Baal
as Lola's Mother
Ivan Desny
as Wittich
Sonja Neudorfer
as Mrs. Fink
Hark Bohm
as Maj. Voelker
Rosel Zech
as Mrs. Schuckert
Isolde Barth
as Bordello girl, Mrs. Voelker
Christine Kaufmann
as Susi, Bordello girl
I Sa Lo
as Bordello girl
Udo Kier
as Waiter
Nino Korda
as TV Man
Juliane Lorenz
as Saleslady
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Critic Reviews for Lola

All Critics (7) | Top Critics (1)

A bitter, brisk, sometimes abruptly moving satire about the West German economic 'miracle' of the 50's.

Full Review… | January 6, 2004
New York Times
Top Critic

I'm delighted to see someone running Rainer Werner Fassbinder's Lola. Actually, I'm just delighted to see someone running any Fassbinder film.

Full Review… | February 16, 2011
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

It's a political fairy tale about duplicity and hypocrisy in which everything, including ethics and human flesh, is for sale, and self-esteem and worth is measured only in terms of money.

Full Review… | September 18, 2006

It's wonderfully provocative as only Fassbinder can be.

Full Review… | August 21, 2006
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Again Fassbinder returns to Germany's past to reveal the workings of its stagnant moral present to powerful effect, boldly combining melodramatic storytelling, vibrant performances, garish visuals and searching analysis.

Full Review… | March 30, 2004

Lola is a well-acted film which showcases Rainer Werner Fassbinder's laser-sharp social consciousness.

Full Review… | February 4, 2004
Spirituality and Practice

Audience Reviews for Lola

The last film of Fassbinder's BRD Trilogy is this sharp social satire that proves to be hilarious from start to finish, a quirky melodrama of garish visuals and glossy colors with Barbara Sukowa displaying a delicious comic timing in a story that can be surprisingly touching.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

I really didn't know what to expect from this, but I ended up really liking it. Having very little knowledge of post-war German social life, a lot of the plot was a little harder to pick up on, but the characters required no prerequisites. Barbara Sukowa's performance is truly great, her intensity was really something else. I was a fan of the odd transitions and crazy coloring every time Armin Mueller-Stahl was getting mad. I can't say that it's a movie i'll watch over and over, but it's extremely well made and unique.

Conner Rainwater
Conner Rainwater

Super Reviewer

I'm a bit of a beginner when it comes to Fassbinder, but "Lola" strengthened my suspicion that he's not destined to be a favorite of mine. There's a lurid, degenerate quality to this tale which just dragged me down, and not in a good way. I much prefer "The Blue Angel" over this modern revision and, for that matter, I also prefer Jacques Demy's 1961 film titled "Lola." The lighting of "Lola" is stylized to incredible extremes -- the film is like a bowl of Easter jelly beans, as dim rooms glow with garish pinks, greens, purples and blues. This eventually becomes tiring. The defocused dissolves used as scene transitions also seem rather tacky. The acting is excellent, however, and the story's portrait of corrupt bureaucracy still has resonance. And on two trivial notes, I greatly enjoyed the minor character of the simpering secretary (I wish we had seen more of her), and it was quite endearing to see the lead actor play some decent violin!

Eric Broome
Eric Broome

Super Reviewer

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