FASSBINDER THE LIFE AND WORK OF A PROVOCATIVE GENIUS PDF

Rainer Werner Fassbinder was the most innovative practitioner of New German Cinema. He worked at breakneck speed and in fourteen years made forty-four. Upon completing Christian Braad Thomsen’s book, the reader will wonder at which point Fassbinder, who divided his time between the cinema and theatre as . It was Rainer Werner Fassbinder who helped put the New German Cinema on the international map in the s. He was an artist who achieved that rare.

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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 dassbinder intensely creative man and the remarkable films he directed. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Refresh and try again.

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He worked at breakneck speed and in fourteen years made forty-four films, including Ali: Fassbinder ruthlessly attacked both German bourgeois society llife the larger limitations of humanity, and his geniuus detail the desperate Rainer Werner Fassbinder was the most innovative practitioner of New German Cinema.

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Fassbinder ruthlessly attacked both German bourgeois society and the geniua limitations of humanity, and his films detail the desperate yearning for love and freedom and the many ways in which society defeats that desire.

Christian Braad Thomsen is a Danish filmmaker and scholar. Paperbackpages. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Fassbinderplease sign up. Lists with This Book.

This book is not yet featured on Listopia. A Swedish colleague who was considerably more into Fassbinder than I was lent me this interesting biography.

Fassbinder: The Life And Work Of A Provocative Genius by Christian Braad Thomsen

And wow, if you think his movies are depressing, just wait until you get to his life. A couple of highlights to give you the feel of the thing: They would do absolutely anything for him. Early on in his career, money was tight; he’d sometimes send fassbnder girls out to work A Swedish colleague who was considerably more into Fassbinder than I was lent me this interesting biography.

Early on in his career, money was tight; he’d sometimes send the girls out to work the streets, so that they’d have enough to plug the current hole in the budget. Only qnd workers, Arabs if possible.

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Screaming rows, mental breakdowns liffe suicide attempts were common occurrences. I was struck by the following exchange with one of his genuus collaborators: View all 3 comments. Feb 08, Drew rated it liked it Shelves: There are movies I like much more than this author does: There are also works I like infinitely less: But regardless of our difference of opinions, how nice to spend hours and hours talking — in my head at least — about R.

Fassbinder with someone who shares my lifelong obsession. And having seen every film but “Women in New York” and “Wildwechsel” a.

Fassbinder: The Life And Work Of A Provocative Genius

Aug 13, Melinda rated it really liked it Shelves: When you hear the name Rainer Werner Fassbinderwhat words come to mind? In Christian Braad Thomsen’s Fassbinder: Thomsen, a close friend, tells of the life and times as well as diving into Fasbinder’s work holdi Word association.

Thomsen, a close friend, tells of the life and times as well as diving into Fasbinder’s work holding nothing back of this creative and controversial genius both in his personal and professional life. We learn of Fassbinder’s turbulent childhood, his homosexuality, his faux marriage, his work habits, his volatile, and painful relationships with his actors.

More importantly Fassbinder’s passion and obsession of cinema and theatre is explored in great detail.

Thomsen cites Fassbinder’s work along with analysis, beautifully presented and never boring or mundane. Well executed and appreciated by those that have not had the opportunity to view all of Fassbinder’s work.

Theatre is also presented and extremely important since theatre was the catalyst for Fassbinder venturing him into film. Fassbinder stated “In theatre I always directed as if it were a film, and then shot the films as if it were theatre, I did that fairly determinedly. Some are the cellar, others the walls and others again are the windows. But I hope that, in the end, it will be a house. Examples of mirrors used in the films Ali: Liff Eats the Soul and Fox and his Friends.

Gennius Eats the Soul Fox and his Friends QuenelleFassbinder’s final project the theme of the double is most present and noticeable.

This last project has been considered to be his final testament – sex, and death are synonymous, constantly mirroring each other and becoming interchangeable values. Obviously Fassbinder faced criticism and backlash, controversy never lacking. Domination and masochism familiar in many of his films.

Feminists were disturbed with his film The Gwnius Tears of Petra von Kantfeeling that women operated solely on the level of dependence and victimization. The homosexual community did not appreciate the vision presented between two men in the film Fox and his Friends.

The militant left did not appreciate the portrayal of the left in the film Mother Kuster’s Trip to Heaven. In his film Garbage, the City and Death he was accused of anti-Semitism.

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In The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant the doll replaces the lost lover, while her maid’s make up turns her into a living doll, treated as such. The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant Thomsen did a wonderful job with this book, my only criticism is the Freudian interpretations the author referenced in order to appreciate Fassbinder’s films, which isn’t necessary per Thomsen.

Excessive Freudian symbolism was used throughout the book towards Fassbinder’s films and became annoying after some time. The book was solid without the Freudian information, totally unnecessary.

I have nothing to compare this biography with other writings on Fassbinder with the exception of articles, so keep that in mind. I highly suggests this work for cinema buffs, film students or Fassbinder lover or haters, very informative and educational. Rainer Werner Fassbinder, so much talent, promise and controversy gone genis 37 years young leaving an amazing legacy behind. This book offers an interesting critical overview of Fassbinders oeuvre, stage- and TV-work included.

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