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Fassbinder : The Life and Work of a Provocative Genius - Christian Braad Thomsen


The Life and Work of a Provocative Genius

Paperback Published: 1st February 2004
ISBN: 9780816643646
Number Of Pages: 368

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Rainer Werner Fassbinder was the most innovative practitioner of New German Cinema. He worked at breakneck speed and in fourteen years made forty-four films, including Ali: Fear Eats the Soul (1973) and The Marriage of Maria Braun (1978). Fassbinder ruthlessly attacked both German bourgeois society and the larger limitations of humanity, and his films detail the desperate yearning for love and freedom and the many ways in which society defeats that desire.

In Fassbinder, Christian Thomsen, a close friend of the director, illuminates Fassbinder's body of work while revealing his insider views of a man who, despite a furious temper, manic working habits, and rampant drug addiction, supported an extended family- including his mother, a string of male lovers, lovelorn women, and even a pair of frustrated wives-with his intoxicating and prolific imagination. This book, like Fassbinder's often-used image of the mirror, brilliantly reflects the sexual, political, and overwhelmingly human contradictions inherent in the life of this intensely creative man and the remarkable films he directed.

Christian Braad Thomsen is a Danish filmmaker and scholar.

Prefacep. vii
Acknowledgmentsp. x
The Double Manp. 1
The Parental Home
Freud's Moses
Berlin 1969
Violence and Terror
Violence and the Erotic
Artistic Exile
Mirrors and Dolls
The Actors
The Filming of Language
Inner Images
The Utopia of Childhood
The Sad Days Are Over!p. 45
The Two Short Films
Drops of Water on Hot Stones
Action Theatre
Iphigenia in Taurus by Johann Wolfgang Goethe
The American Soldier
The Beggar's Opera
The Burning Village
Preparadise Sorry Now
Anarchy in Bavaria
Blood on the Cat's Neck
Cinema Filmsp. 65
Love is Colder than Death
Gods of the Plague
The American Soldier
The Bourgeois Filmsp. 78
Why Does Herr R. Run Amok?
Rio das Mortes
Self-Criticismp. 87
The Journey to Niklashausen
Beware of a Holy Whore
Pioneers in Ingolstadt
Bavaria and Hollywoodp. 101
The Merchant of Four Seasons
The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant
Television Seriesp. 121
Eight Hours Are Not a Day
World on a Wire
Women's Filmsp. 137
Fear Eats the Soul
Effi Briest
Video Filmsp. 166
The Coffee Shop
Bremen Coffee
Nora Helmer
Like a Bird on the Wire
Demanding without Lovingp. 180
Fox and his Friends
Fear of Fear
Mother Kuster's Trip to Heaven
Theatre Dreamsp. 191
Miss Julie
Loss of Identityp. 198
Garbage, the City and Death
The Anti-Semitism Campaign
Satan's Brew
I Only Want You to Love Me
Chinese Roulette
Fascism Will Be Victoriousp. 223
A Journey into the Light
Berlin Alexanderplatz
Terrorism and the Nuclear Familyp. 250
Germany in Autumn
In a Year with 13 Moons
The Third Generation
The Mata-Haris of the Economic Miraclep. 273
The Marriage of Maria Braun
Veronika Voss
Commissioned Worksp. 291
Women in New York
Lili Marleen
Theatre in a Trance
Querellep. 302
Notesp. 312
Filmographyp. 320
Playsp. 348
Radio Playsp. 350
Bibliography and Discographyp. 351
Indexp. 354
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ISBN: 9780816643646
ISBN-10: 0816643644
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 368
Published: 1st February 2004
Publisher: University of Minnesota Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.23 x 14.61  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.5