Rainer Werner Fassbinder was probably Germany’s most significant post-war director. His swift and dramatic demise at the early age of 37 in 1982 left behind a vacuum in European filmmaking that has yet to be filled, as well as a body of unique, multi-layered and multifarious work.
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3.5 A portrait that is a mix of the personal and the intellectual from Christian Braad Thomsen. A film that certainly engages with Fassbinder in a strong and direct fashion, but one that also feels somewhat old fashioned; therefore it may alienate younger audiences interested in the master auteur of the New German Cinema. Great archive of RWF and strong new interviews with Irm Hermann & Harry Baer.
What's it all about, Rainier? Saw the US premiere at Frameline 39 in the Castro Theatre, San Francisco. Exploring who RWF was and how he came to be, director Thomsen shows us a very intimate portrait of a man driven by the need to change the world as it is.
I once saw Braad Thomsen starting to cry because of Fassbinder's early death when he introduced a film by him, so I know this is a personal subject to him. I enjoyed some of the interviews and Fassbinder on set directing. But I missed more about how the times he lived in shaped him.