• Germany
  • 1981
  • 113 minutes
  • Color
  • 1.66:1
  • German
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  • Spine #206

Germany in the autumn of 1957: Lola, a seductive cabaret singer-prostitute (Barbara Sukowa) exults in her power as a temptress of men, but she wants out—she wants money, property, and love. Pitting a corrupt building contractor (Mario Adorf) against the new straight-arrow building commissioner (Armin Mueller-Stahl), Lola launches an outrageous plan to elevate herself in a world where everything, and everyone, is for sale. Shot in childlike candy colors, Fassbinder’s homage to Josef von Sternberg’s classic The Blue Angel stands as a satiric tribute to capitalism.

Cast

LolaBarbara Sukowa
Von BohmArmin Mueller-Stahl
SchuckertMario Adorf
EsslinMatthias Fuchs
Mrs. HettichHelga Feddersen
Lola's motherKarin Baal
WittichIvan Desny
GigiElisabeth Volkmann
VölkerHark Bohm
TimmerdingKarl-Heinz von Hassel
Mrs. SchuckertRosel Zech
SusiChristine Kaufmann
RosaY Sa Lo
G.I.Günther Kaufmann
Mrs. VölkerIsolde Barth
EditorKarsten Peters
First demonstratorHarry Baer
Second demonstratorRainer Will
Mrs. FinkSonja Neudorfer
TV delivery manNino Korda
DoormanHerbert Steinmetz

Credits

ProducerHorst Wendlandt
ScreenplayPeter Märthesheimer and Pea Fröhlich
MusicPeer Raben
CinematographyXaver Schwarzenberger
Production designRolf Zehetbauer
Art directorHelmut Gassner
Film editorsJuliane Lorenz and Franz Walsch
Costume designerBarbara Baum
Makeup artistsAnni Nöbauer and Edwin Erfmann
GafferEkkehard Heinrich
SoundVladimir Vizner
Assistant directorKarin Viesel
DirectorRainer Werner Fassbinder

Disc Features

  • New high-definition digital transfer, enhanced for widescreen televisions
  • Audio commentary 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 translation
  • Optimal image quality: RSDL dual-layer edition

Film Essays

Heartbreak House: Fassbinder's BRD Trilogy

By Kent Jones September 29, 2003

People say that drugs killed Rainer Werner Fassbinder, but after taking another look at his films and his writings, I have a different idea. He once said, famously, that he was trying to . . . Read more »


Film Essays

The Candy-Colored Amorality of the Fifties: Lola Production History

By Michael Töteberg September 29, 2003

“Gray literature” is the term German film historians use to describe the material written purely for publicity purposes and made available to the press, but not meant for official publication. . . . Read more »

Film Essays

Heartbreak House: Fassbinder's BRD Trilogy

By Kent Jones September 29, 2003

People say that drugs killed Rainer Werner Fassbinder, but after taking another look at his films and his writings, I have a different idea. He once said, famously, that he was trying to . . . Read more »


Film Essays

The Candy-Colored Amorality of the Fifties: Lola Production History

By Michael Töteberg September 29, 2003

“Gray literature” is the term German film historians use to describe the material written purely for publicity purposes and made available to the press, but not meant for official publication. . . . Read more »