The BRD Trilogy

The BRD Trilogy

 
The BRD Trilogy (Criterion DVD)

DVD Box Set

4 Discs

SRP: $79.95

Out of Print

Box Set Info

  • Spine #203

By the age of thirty-four, German director Rainer Werner Fassbinder had directed already twenty-two feature films. In 1978, he embarked upon a project to trace the history of postwar Germany in a series of films told through the eyes of three remarkable women. Fassbinder’s The Marriage of Maria Braun, Lola, and Veronika Voss—the BRD (Bundesrepublik Deutschland) Trilogy—would garner him the international acclaim he had always yearned for and place his name foremost in the canon of New German Cinema.

Collector’s Set Includes

The Marriage of Maria Braun box cover

The Marriage of Maria Braun

Rainer Werner Fassbinder 1978

After her husband disappears in the last days of World War II, Maria uses her beauty and ambition to prosper in 1950s Germany. The first part of Fassbinder’s “postwar trilogy” is a heartbreaking character study as well as a pointed metaphorical attack on a society determined to forget its past.


Veronika Voss box cover

Veronika Voss

Rainer Werner Fassbinder 1982

Once-beloved Third Reich–era starlet Veronika Voss lives in obscurity in postwar Munich. She meets a sportswriter, and the two develop an unlikely relationship. Based on the true story of a World War II UFA star, Veronika Voss is wicked satire disguised as 1950s melodrama.


Lola box cover

Lola

Rainer Werner Fassbinder 1981

In Fassbinder’s satiric tribute to capitalism, Lola, a seductive cabaret singer-prostitute, launches an outrageous plan to elevate herself in a world where everything, and everyone, is for sale.

Disc Features

  • New high-definition digital transfers of all three films, enhanced for widescreen televisions
  • I Don’t Just Want You to Love Me, a feature-length documentary of Fassbinder’s life and career
  • Life Stories: A conversation with R.W. Fassbinder, a rare 45-minute interview with the director, made for German television
  • Exclusive video interview with Fassbinder cinematographer Xaver Schwarzenberger
  • Exclusive video conversation between Fassbinder scholar Laurence Kardish and editor Juliane Lorenz
  • Audio commentary on The Marriage of Maria Braun by cinematographer Michael Ballhaus and renowned filmmaker Wim Wenders
  • Exclusive video interview with the star of The Marriage of Maria Braun and regular Fassbinder collaborator, Hanna Schygulla
  • Video interview with Fassbinder scholar Eric Rentschler on The Marriage of Maria Braun
  • Audio commentary on Veronika Voss by Fassbinder scholar Tony Rayns
  • New video conversation with Veronika Voss star Rosel Zech and editor Juliane Lorenz
  • Dance with Death (Tanz mit dem Tod), a one-hour portrait of UFA Studios star Sybille Schmitz, Fassbinder’s inspiration for the character Veronika Voss
  • Audio commentary on Lola by Fassbinder documentarian, biographer, and friend Christian Braad Thomsen
  • New video interview with Lola star Barbara Sukowa
  • New video interview with Fassbinder co-screenwriter Peter Märthesheimer
  • New and improved English subtitle translations for all three films
  • Optimal image quality: RSDL dual-layer editions

    New covers by Michael Boland