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Michael Töteberg

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A Market for Emotions:
The Marriage of Maria Braun
Production History

Fassbinder had long dreamed of a “German Hollywood film.” He sought not only success with the audience, but also professionalism. The auteur film in its purest form is an attempt to abolish the division of labor: the filmmaker represents in his o…

By Michael Töteberg


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

“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. Often this gray literature, which is only accessible …

By Michael Töteberg


Sweet Death:
Veronika Voss Production History

In May 1981, in the midst of shooting Lola, Rainer Werner Fassbinder sketched out his next film project: Sybille Schmitz. On the cover, he had written, “Story for a Feature Film*.” The asterisk pointed to this footnote: “It is possible that the…

By Michael Töteberg


Ali: Fear Eats the Soul:
All That Fassbinder Allows

The following text is from Michael Töteberg’s presentation of a collection of Fassbinder screenplays (The Merchant of Four Seasons, Ali: Fear Eats the Soul, Fontane Effi Briest), which were published in Germany as Fassbinders Filme, Band 3 (Fassbi…

By Michael Töteberg