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Rainer Werner Fassbinder
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Ten years after the war, West Germany's market economy is booming. Into an unnamed city that's rife with corruption comes a new building commissioner, Herr von Bohm, committed to progress but also upright. He's smitten by Marie-Louise, a single mother who's his landlady's daughter. Von Bohm does not realize she is also Lola, a singer at a bordello and the mistress of Schuckert, a local builder whose profits depend on von Bohm's projects. When von Bohm discovers Marie-Louise's real vocation and looks closely at Schuckert's work, will this social satire play out as a remake of "Blue Angel," a visit of Chekhov to West Germany, or an update of Jean Renoir's "Rules of the Game"? Written by
This is for me the weakest of the three films making up the BRD Trilogy. I don't think Fassbinder could have had much interest in retelling the Professor Unrat story that Von Sternberg had done fifty years before with Dietrich. The garish Technicolor tones and the feverish acting don't disguise a lack of involvement on the director's part.
The actors do come out of this with distinction. Barbara Sukowa tears into her part with great gusto, if not much taste. Her rendition of The Fisherman of Capri is wonderfully energetic, both physically and vocally. Armin Mueller-Stahl is required mostly to be shy and calculating--that he comes out with the prize at the end is a surprise. Mario Adorf is one of my favorite actors and he doesn't disappoint here: vulgar, sly, subtle and conniving, he steals the show. Watch for Hark Bohm as the mayor, he's like a German Wally Cox, quite funny.
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