Rainer Werner Fassbinder remains one of the worlds most
prolific filmmakers, directing over 40 productions in the unfortunately short
time that he was alive.
Though predominantly feature films, Fassbinder also
worked on a number of TV specials and the remarkable 15 hour TV mini-series Berlin Alexanderplatz, all between the
years of 1969 and 1982. Often described as a workaholic, Fassbinder was
passionately and relentlessly creative – the vast majority of his films were
also written or adapted by Fassbinder himself, and his boundless productivity
allowed him to handle almost every stage of production during his career, from
writing and directing to acting, composing, art direction and editing. His work
is an open and honest reflection of the world around him, deftly exploring
human relationships and the social and political climate of West Germany at the
time, but his social observation and criticism hold up as poignant reflections
of contemporary society.
unique style seems to move in phases through his career; his early works -
including The Bitter Tears of Petra von
Kant are a clear nod to his theatrical background, utilising bold staging
and long, static camera shots. His later works often forming visual love
letters to American Melodrama, and particularly the works of Douglas Sirk.