This is the last of Fassbinder's "postwar trilogy", clearly demonstrating a certain level of maturity reached by the director at this point. Playing to an increasingly diminishing fan following, Veronika turns to drugs to cushion her against the cruelties of life. One of the biggest highlights stays with the troubled relationship between the actress and "her best friend".
Fassbinder's penultimate film, beautifully directed in gorgeous monochrome, won the Golden Bear at the 32nd Berlin International Film Festival and completed his unofficial BRD Trilogy. Loosely based on the final years in the life of German actress Sybille Schmitz and often said to be influenced by Wilder's Sunset Blvd., it is a worthy summation to the trilogy and a late career high for a quite brilliant filmmaker....
Fassbinder's last great film, shot in gorgeous black & white, with wonderful performances by all the actors, especially Hilmar Thate as the reporter. It's a fictionalized account of a true story, but is told in usual Fassbinder style: imagine "Sunset Boulevard" as if directed by Douglas Sirk, with undercurrents of Hitchcock's "Rebecca" and Welle's "Citizen Kane". Sad to think within a year Fassbinder would be dead.
I've seen this perhaps ten times and remain most fascinated by the presence of the American serviceman (who says little as he crashes most of the scenes at Frau Doktor Katz's clinic) and the American music that anachronistically cuts into Ms. Voss' dramatic and ongoing decline.
a brillant part of fassbinder's crowning trilogy. the film contains another mesmirzing lead performance, as well as an allegory of veronika as celebrated during the war, but hidden away afterwards just like germany's past. also, this film is a clear suggestion that not everyone gained from the economic miracle. a beautiful piece in crisp black and white too. fassbinder is a great auteur and this is a masterpiece.
It's so ironic for women.....the more beautiful and famous you are, the harder it is to endure the road downhill. It's a good reminder to us females that fame and fortune built on physical beauty doesn't last. Better get a career with longer shelf life.