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Rainer Werner Fassbinder (1945–1982)

Above all, Rainer Werner Fassbinder was a rebel whose life and art was marked by gross contradiction. Openly homosexual, he married twice; one of his wives acted in his films and the other served as his editor. Accused variously by detractors of being anticommunist, male chauvinist, antiSemitic and even antigay, he completed 44 projects between ... See full bio »

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 2001 Estudio 1 (TV Series) (play "Die Bitteren Tränen der Petra von Kant" - 1 episode)
- Las amargas lágrimas de Petra von Kant (2001) ... (play "Die Bitteren Tränen der Petra von Kant")
 2000 Water Drops on Burning Rocks (play "Tropfen auf heisse Steine")
 1982 Querelle (screenplay)
 1982 Veronika Voss
 1981 Lola (as R.W. Fassbinder)
 1981 Theatre in Trance (Documentary)
 1981 Lili Marleen (additional dialogue) / (screenplay contributor)
 1979 The Third Generation (writer)
 1979 The Marriage of Maria Braun (dialogue) / (idea)
 1978 In a Year with 13 Moons (writer)
 1978 Germany in Autumn (writer)
 1977 The Stationmaster's Wife (TV Movie)
 1976 Satan's Brew
 1976 I Only Want You to Love Me (TV Movie) (screenplay)
 1976 Shadow of Angels (dialogue) / (play "Der Müll, die Stadt und der Tod" - uncredited) / (screenplay)
 1975 Fear of Fear (TV Movie) (film)
 1975 Like a Bird on a Wire (TV Movie)
 1975 Fox and His Friends (written by)
 1974 Effi Briest
 1974/I Martha (TV Movie) (uncredited)
 1973 World on a Wire (TV Movie) (teleplay)
 1973 Fru Geesches frihed (TV Movie) (play "Bremer Freiheit")
 1972-1973 Eight Hours are Not a Day (TV Mini-Series) (writer - 5 episodes)
- Irmgard und Rolf (1973) ... (writer)
- Monika und Harald (1973) ... (writer)
- Franz und Ernst (1973) ... (writer)
- Oma und Gregor (1972) ... (writer)
- Jochen und Marion (1972) ... (writer)
 1973 Jail Bait (TV Movie)
 1972 Bremen Freedom (TV Movie) (play) / (television adaptation)
 1972 The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant (play) / (screenplay)
 1971 Whity
 1971 Pioneers in Ingolstadt (TV Movie) (teleplay)
 1971 Rio das Mortes (TV Movie)
 1970 The Niklashausen Journey (TV Movie)
 1970 Why Does Herr R. Run Amok? (written by - as Rainer W. Fassbinder, credit only)
 1970 Das Kaffeehaus (TV Movie) (teleplay)
 1969 Fernes Jamaica (Short) (writer)
 1969 Katzelmacher (writer)
 1969 Love Is Colder Than Death (writer)
 1966 The City Tramp (Short)
 1966 The Little Chaos (Short)
 1966 This Night (Short)
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3 Biographical Movies | 5 Print Biographies | 1 Portrayal | 7 Articles | 2 Magazine Cover Photos | See more »

Alternate Names:

Franz Alsch | R.W. Fassbinder | Rainer W. Fassbinder | R.W.F. | Franz Walsch | Franz Walsh


5' 9¼" (1.76 m)

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Personal Quote:

Everyone must decide for himself whether it is better to have a brief but more intensely felt existence or to live a long and ordinary life. See more »


He made 41 movies in 13 years See more »


Frequently worked with cinematographers Xaver Schwarzenberger and 'Michael Ballhaus'. See more »

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