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Lola (1981)

R  |   |  Comedy, Drama  |  4 August 1982 (USA)
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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 ... See full summary »

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Mario Adorf ...
Matthias Fuchs ...
Esslin
Helga Feddersen ...
Karin Baal ...
Lola's Mother
Ivan Desny ...
Wittich
Elisabeth Volkmann ...
Gigi
Hark Bohm ...
Volker
Karl-Heinz von Hassel ...
Timmerding (as Karl Heinz von Hassel)
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Frau Schuckert
Sonja Neudorfer ...
Frau Fink
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Susi
Y Sa Lo ...
Rosa
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Storyline

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 <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Comedy | Drama

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Release Date:

4 August 1982 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Lola, une femme allemande  »

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DEM 3,500,000 (estimated)
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Part of the BRD Trilogy along with The Marriage of Maria Braun (1979) and Veronika Voss (1982). "BRD" stands for Bundesrepublik Deutschland, the official name of West Germany and of the united contemporary Germany, period in which those three stories takes place. See more »

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The photograph above the mayor's desk shows downtown Houston, Texas as it looked in the 1960s. The film is set in the late 1950s. See more »

Quotes

Schukert: [describing Von Bohm to Lola] Modern on the job, old-fashioned in his private life. Old school. Kissing hands and the likes. Doesn't think about screwing and definitely not on a whorehouse.
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Unter fremden Sternen
Performed by Freddy Quinn
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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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