Fassbinder Season

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. 

Fassbinder’s 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.

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