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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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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)

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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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:
Von Bohm:I want to buy your prostitute!
Schukert:With pleasure.
[Schukert grabs and gives Lola to Von Bohm]
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5 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
Hormones and local government, 21 December 2008
Author: federovsky from bangkok

Part of his loose BRD (Bundesrepublik Deutschland) Trilogy - portraits of women in German society after the war - this late Fassbinder is based on the same story behind Sternberg's Blue Angel. Lola is a nightclub singer and prostitute, personal whore of larger-than-life property developer Schukert, at a red-light establishment favoured by the mayor and his cronies. Into this cosy, corrupt world comes a new Building Commissioner, Von Bohm – a meticulous character that the others cannot draw into their circle. With plenty of building going on in Germany during the 50s, Von Bohm is an important official whom the mayor must somehow get around in order to continue bending the rules on lucrative construction deals. By coincidence, Von Bohm meets and falls in love with Lola, unaware that she is a prostitute. When he finds out, he is devastated, but finally, by way of pragmatism, a moral compromise is reached – boy, are they compromised - and the film comes to rest on a somewhat absurd moral sandbank.

None of the characters are likable – they are all seedy local politicians, after all, but they slowly grow on us. Schukert, in particular takes some getting used to. Fassbinder takes delight in showing us that everyone is corrupt – even apparently incorruptible people. Everyone has a weakness, which is their price. Both money and desire corrupts and debases – it's inevitable - you might as well be practical about it, take pity on yourself and embrace it. In particular, corruption is the price of having eroticism in the world – and that's something we can't do without.

As the film goes along, the darkish tone gives way to levity once you realise that nobody is really going to get hurt. There are some genuinely pensive and romantic moments as well as some fairly gently humour - Von Bohm's neurotic secretary is quite funny. Very little is convincing though - particularly the Von Bohm's infatuation (he seems a little too old, and a little too naive) – and the outcome is even less so. There's very little reliable sociology going on here. Women are viewed as chattels and Lola herself is not really given an adequate personality – nor was Barbara Sukowa noteworthy in the part.

It's worth watching if only for it's striking visual design. The film is lit throughout in lurid primary colours – even outside in broad daylight faces are bathed in coloured light. Perhaps these colours spread outwardly from the nightclub's red light, diffracting through the ordinary world into rainbow hues. It is sometimes intrusive, but mainly effective and attractive.

Fassbinder has extracted one aspect of social behaviour and amplified it to absurdity here. This is not the way the world is, but is perhaps the way he would like it to be: fallible and corrupt, but erotic and benign.

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