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4 August 1982 (USA) See more »
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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... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Lola gets her man {Rainer Werner Fassbinder} See more (12 total) »

Cast

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Barbara Sukowa ... Lola

Armin Mueller-Stahl ... Von Bohm
Mario Adorf ... Schukert
Matthias Fuchs ... Esslin
Helga Feddersen ... Frau Hettich
Karin Baal ... Lola's Mother
Ivan Desny ... Wittich
Elisabeth Volkmann ... Gigi
Hark Bohm ... Volker
Karl-Heinz von Hassel ... Timmerding (as Karl Heinz von Hassel)
Rosel Zech ... Frau Schuckert
Sonja Neudorfer ... Frau Fink

Christine Kaufmann ... Susi
Y Sa Lo ... Rosa
Günther Kaufmann ... GI

Isolde Barth ... Frau Volker
Karsten Peters ... Editor
Harry Baer ... 1st demonstrator
Rainer Will ... 2nd demonstrator
Herbert Steinmetz ... Concierge
Nino Korda ... TV delivery man
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Raúl Gimenez ... 1st waiter (uncredited)
Andrea Heuer ... Librarian (uncredited)

Udo Kier ... Waiter (uncredited)
Juliane Lorenz ... Saleswoman (uncredited)
Maxim Oswald ... Grandfather Berger (uncredited)
Helmut Petigk ... Bouncer (uncredited)
Marita Pleyer ... Rahel (uncredited)
Ulrike Vigo ... Little Marie (uncredited)
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Directed by
Rainer Werner Fassbinder 
 
Writing credits
Pea Fröhlich  and
Peter Märthesheimer  and
Rainer Werner Fassbinder  (as R.W. Fassbinder)

Produced by
Wolf-Dietrich Brücker .... producer: WDR (as Wolf Brücker)
Rainer Werner Fassbinder .... line producer
Thomas Schühly .... line producer
Horst Wendlandt .... producer
Hanns Eckelkamp .... co-producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Freddy Quinn 
Peer Raben 
 
Cinematography by
Xaver Schwarzenberger 
 
Film Editing by
Rainer Werner Fassbinder  (as Franz Walsch)
Juliane Lorenz 
 
Production Design by
Raúl Gimenez 
Rolf Zehetbauer 
 
Art Direction by
Helmut Gassner 
 
Costume Design by
Barbara Baum 
Egon Strasser 
 
Makeup Department
Edwin Erfmann .... makeup artist (as Eddi Erfmann)
Anni Nöbauer .... makeup artist
Hedy Polensky .... makeup artist (as Hedi Polensky)
 
Production Management
Michael Bohnstengel .... unit manager
Michael McLernon .... unit manager
Stephan Pfleger .... unit manager
Thomas Schühly .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Karin Viesel .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Richard Eglseder .... property master
Hans Stangl .... property master
 
Sound Department
Vladimir Vizner .... sound
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Ekkehard Heinrich .... lighting technician
Josef Vavra .... assistant camera (as Sepp Vavra)
Karl-Heinz Vogelmann .... still photographer
 
Other crew
Nico Brücker .... production assistant
Helga Fischer .... production assistant
Dieter Gackstetter .... choreographer
Gisela Schneider .... production secretary
Jean-Étienne Siry .... poster designer (french version)
Ursula Wöhrl .... cashier
 
Thanks
Alexander Kluge .... dedicatee
 

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113 min
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Color (Fujicolor)
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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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Anachronisms: 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:
[last lines]
Little Marie:Are you happy?
Von Bohm:Yes, Marie. I am happy.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Lola (2001)See more »
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4 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
Lola gets her man {Rainer Werner Fassbinder}, 21 July 2011
Author: Stanley-Becker from Planet Earth

Satirical to the core, this movie is interesting in its realistic illustration of post-war small time corruption. Fassbinder has an extraordinary light touch, and it is a fascinating ride through the endemic connivance's of the petit-bourgeois wheeler-dealers of a small German city. One can actually hear Fassbinder giggling in the background as he brings the universal character of the average conformist-hustler to the screen.

Barbara Sukowa as Lola, is a magnificent actress, especially where she accepts the humiliations of her life, but will not allow them to transform her into the brutalized animal level of behavior, that she observes all around her. Always optimistic, she pursues her goal {to escape from the prison of degradation, she is in}. We, {the viewers}, follow her journey, as she overcomes obstacle after obstacle, to eventually triumph, and take her place as a citizen of her particular Peyton Place.

How she does it is colorful and informative. Fassbinder gives you all the different strata of class prejudice, as the money men are in cahoots with the bureaucrats, who are all, in turn, driven by libidinal desires. Mixing up cabaret elements, together with the controlling power of money, blended in with, the huge heart of those that earn their crust as sex workers {this, is so obviously where Fassbinder's sympathies lie}. Fassbinder has used high cinematic values in this movie, where all the characters, {ultimately}, believe that "Cash is King". Kitsch is displayed with the usual Fassbinder panache and as with many other movie portrayals of prostitution, the more sordid side, such as violence and intimidation, and the risk to health, are not mentioned, giving the otherwise sharp satire of the corrupt financial world, a rather fairy tale gloss.

Fassbinder, who always understood the paramount need to entertain, still manages to convey the malaise, that the aftermath of the Nazi demolition of all moral standards, which had left an entire nation bereft of a natural ethos of right and wrong. Fassbinder gives you entertainment and awareness, a difficult tightrope to straddle.

Fassbinder, like Diogenes, was always in search of an honest man. He had a celebratory attitude to life, and his mirth is infectious.

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