Lola

Germany in the autumn of 1957: Lola (Barbara Sukowa), a seductive cabaret singer–prostitute, exults in her power as a tempter of men, but she wants more—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, Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s Lola, an homage to Josef von Sternberg’s classic The Blue Angel, is a wonderfully satirical tribute to capitalism.

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Lola
Cast
Barbara Sukowa
Lola
Armin Mueller-Stahl
Von Bohm
Mario Adorf
Schuckert
Matthias Fuchs
Esslin
Helga Feddersen
Mrs. Hettich
Karin Baal
Lola's mother
Ivan Desny
Wittich
Elisabeth Volkmann
Gigi
Hark Bohm
Völker
Karl-Heinz von Hassel
Timmerding
Rosel Zech
Mrs. Schuckert
Christine Kaufmann
Susi
Y Sa Lo
Rosa
Günther Kaufmann
GI
Isolde Barth
Mrs. Völker
Karsten Peters
Journalist
Harry Baer
First demonstrator
Rainer Will
Second demonstrator
Sonja Neudorfer
Mrs. Fink
Nino Korda
TV delivery man
Herbert Steinmetz
Doorman
Credits
Director
Rainer Werner Fassbinder
Producer
Horst Wendlandt
Producer
Rainer Werner Fassbinder
Screenplay by
Peter Märthesheimer
Screenplay by
Pea Fröhlich
Screenplay by
Rainer Werner Fassbinder
Music by
Peer Raben
Cinematographer
Xaver Schwarzenberger
Production designer
Rolf Zehetbauer
Production designer
Udo Kier
Production designer
Raúl Gimenez
Art director
Helmut Gassner
Film editor
Juliane Lorenz
Film editor
Franz Walsch
Costume designer
Barbara Baum
Makeup artist
Anni Nöbauer
Makeup artist
Edwin Erfmann
Assistant director
Karin Viesel
Assistant camera
Josef Vavra
Gaffer
Ekkehard Heinrich
Sound
Vladimir Vizner

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Rainer Werner Fassbinder

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Rainer Werner Fassbinder
Rainer Werner Fassbinder

Rainer Werner Fassbinder made an astonishing forty-four movies—theatrical features, television movies and miniseries, and shorts among them—in a career that spanned a mere sixteen years, ending with his death at thirty-seven in 1982. He is perhaps remembered best for his intense and exquisitely shabby social melodramas (Ali: Fear Eats the Soul)—heavily influenced by Hollywood films, especially the female-driven tearjerkers of Douglas Sirk, and featuring misfit characters that often reflected his own fluid sexuality and self-destructive tendencies. But his body of work runs the gamut from epic period pieces (Berlin Alexanderplatz, the BRD Trilogy) to dystopic science fiction (World on a Wire) as well. One particular fascination of Fassbinder’s was the way the ghosts of the past, specifically those of World War II, haunted contemporary German life—an interest that wedded him to many of the other artists of the New German Cinema movement, which began in the late 1960s.