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Release Date:
4 August 1982 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
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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4 wins See more »
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Lorelei and the Man Who Understood and Admired Her 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:
Von Bohm:I want to buy your prostitute!
Schukert:With pleasure.
[Schukert grabs and gives Lola to Von Bohm]
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Movie Connections:
Featured in La trilogie allemande (2005) (V)See more »
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30 out of 37 people found the following review useful.
Lorelei and the Man Who Understood and Admired Her, 11 August 2006
Author: Galina from Virginia, USA

"Lola" (1981), the second chapter of Fassbinder's BRD Trilogy is an update and a remake (in a way) of "The Blue Angel"(1930) directed by Josef von Sternberg with magnificent Marlene Dietrich as a singer Lola Lola but Fassbinder's film is marvelous by itself. Like "Marriage of Maria Braun" (1979) and "Veronica Voss" (1982) "Lola" tells the story of a strong and beautiful woman and her survival and search for love, success and happiness in postwar Germany. It's superb and dazzling and I kept smiling all time while I was watching it. It's an old story (and what is new in this world? Carmen had been dead and Lola Lola is old) but the style, the approach, the times, the place, his use of colors that seem to sing, to smile, to scream and to touch you gently are unique. Did he sell his soul to the Devil for these colors? The dresses, the songs, Barbara's voice, her legs that grow from the ears, her hair, oh my God, her and Hanna's (in "Marriage of Maria Braun that I will finish watching tonight) golden hair, these witching Loreleis, the walking sensuality - Fassbinder understood and admired women and I admire him for this.

"Lola" is a combination of many genres- satire, drama, comedy, and musical. It mixes glamor with very serious themes. Striking Barbara Sukowa is a singer-whore Lola who sets up to seduce the incorruptible local building commissioner, unbelievably blue-eyed Armin Mueller-Stahl. Lola went through many losses, humiliations, and disappointments during the war and right after it and she wants to be an independent business woman for which she decided to win over the man everyone kept telling was not for her.

As Barbara Sukowa recalls, Fassbinder told the critical stories but he did not make them dry or theoretical. He did not use the intellectual or academic approach to his stories. He hated gray "kitchen" naturalism and he was mixing Hollywood glamor with specific German realities creating his own style that was sexy and appealing. While many German film makers of his generation were influenced by the American directors like Martin Scorsese and John Cassavetes, Fassbinder was very impressed by Douglas Sirk and his style.

Rainer Werner Fassbinder died at the age of 37 just as he was completing his last movie, "Querell". He had made over 30 films during 12 years. He began directing in 1969 revealing in his work New Germany, often heartless and materialistic. Fassbinder's talent and the quantity and quality of his output are incredible. It is like he knew he would die young and he was obsessed by finishing as many films as it was physically possible, majority of which (including "Lola") were way ahead of their time.

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