IMDb > Lola (1981)
Lola
Quicklinks
Top Links
trailers and videosfull cast and crewtriviaofficial sitesmemorable quotes
Overview
main detailscombined detailsfull cast and crewcompany credits
Awards & Reviews
user reviewsexternal reviewsawardsuser ratingsparents guidemessage board
Plot & Quotes
plot summarysynopsisplot keywordsmemorable quotes
Did You Know?
triviagoofssoundtrack listingcrazy creditsalternate versionsmovie connectionsFAQ
Other Info
box office/businessrelease datesfilming locationstechnical specsliterature listingsNewsDesk
Promotional
taglines trailers and videos posters photo gallery
External Links
showtimesofficial sitesmiscellaneousphotographssound clipsvideo clips

Lola (1981) More at IMDbPro »

Photos (See all 14 | slideshow)

Overview

User Rating:
7.6/10   2,982 votes »
Your Rating:
Saving vote...
Deleting vote...
/10   (delete | history)
Sorry, there was a problem
MOVIEmeter: ?
Up 8% in popularity this week. See why on IMDbPro.
Contact:
View company contact information for Lola on IMDbPro.
Release Date:
4 August 1982 (USA) See more »
Genre:
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 »
Awards:
4 wins See more »
NewsDesk:
(29 articles)
Daily | “Fassbinder: Romantic Anarchist (Part 2)”
 (From Keyframe. 8 November 2014, 2:18 PM, PST)

New on Video: ‘Ali: Fear Eats the Soul’
 (From SoundOnSight. 7 October 2014, 4:06 PM, PDT)

The Official Lineup for the 67th Locarno Film Festival
 (From MUBI. 25 July 2014, 1:13 PM, PDT)

User Reviews:
A heart-breaking look at obsession and pity See more (13 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)

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
 

Production CompaniesDistributors

Additional Details

Also Known As:
Runtime:
113 min
Country:
Language:
Color:
Color (Fujicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.66 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Certification:
Filming Locations:

Did You Know?

Trivia:
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 »
Goofs:
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:
Lola:I am corrupt.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Lola (2001)See more »
Soundtrack:
Unter fremden SternenSee more »

FAQ

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.
16 out of 19 people found the following review useful.
A heart-breaking look at obsession and pity, 28 March 2008
Author: Graham Greene from United Kingdom

Lola (1981) was the second part of director Rainer Werner Fassbinder's celebrated trilogy of films that looked specifically at the period following the end of the Second World War, and in particular, the socio-political and economic re-birth of Germany following the Wirtschaftswunder. All three films in the trilogy look at these situations through the eyes of a strong-willed, arrogant and determined female-protagonist who strives against all odds to achieve the kind of lifestyle that she has always desired, but, once she does, finds herself still feeling empty and lacking in spirit. The characters in these films come to represent Fassbinder's own feelings about the Germany of this particular period, whilst simultaneously acting as an allegorical portrayal and deeper interpretation of the qualities and characteristics of the country itself.

Typical of the director's later works, Lola is a giddy fusion of the filmmaker's key cinematic inspirations and his then political concerns. It was a style and personal ideology that Fassbinder had been building up to with films like In a Year with 13 Moons (1978) and Despair (1978), showing the director's continuing attempts to subvert the conventions of the melodrama by way of narrative experimentation and visual stylisation; a cinematic device that would be further tinkered with in his final films, the bitter Veronika Voss (1982) and the deeply surreal Querelle (1982). Whereas his early films, such as Fear Eats the Soul (1974) and The Merchant of Four Seasons (1972), had developed an astute sense of character, dislocated from a reality that was, in some way, categorically our own, these later-period Fassbinder films seem to disregard actual reality for a more expressive and cinematic depiction. So, whilst those early films may have once given us a depiction of small town life, boardrooms and bordellos that could have easily sprung from a documentary, Lola (and these later films in general) give us a surreal detachment and an arcane theatricality, with music being used to create both mood and atmosphere, as well as scoring the underlining emotions, which, when coupled with that roving camera and sumptuous 'chocolate box' photography, creates some dynamic and astounding moments of cinematic spectacle.

As with most films that can be categorised as melodrama, the story of Lola is deceptively simple. On the one hand the film is a remake of The Blue Angel (1930), replete with similar scenarios, characters and thematic concerns, though the whole thing is elaborated on by the director's interest in social issues, gender roles, human emotions, politics (both modern day and historical) and, as with other filmmakers of the German New Wave, particularly Herzog and Wenders, the role of 'New Germany' under the bleak and unforgiving shadow of the past. Fassbinder couples these issues with the themes of unrequited love, social disgrace and personal tragedy - elements that were so internal in his early work, like Fear Eats the Soul - and makes them external here, tying it all into that gloriously giddy mise-en-scene. This is the kind of film where even the performances are stylised; wavering from understated longing to over-the-top bursts of elation, though never belying the intent of the story of the believability of the character. We also get a separate viewpoint for the story as well, with Fassbinder opening out the proceedings in a way that goes against the original version of The Blue Angel in order to give us more focus on the character Von Bohm - the lonely, up tight businessman who comes to represent a beacon of morality - who falls in love with the showgirl, only to see his initial plight subsequently perverted by those that Lola manages to wrap around her finger. The ultimate rejection and realisation by Von Bohm of Lola's callous manipulation is one of the most crippling and emotionally heart-breaking scenes of Fassbinder's career.

Here, we find Armin Mueller-Stahl as the tortured Von Bohm, staring ahead, his face bathed in red light, the background awash with blue, being given the external visual representation of his hate, anger and general outsider status by Fassbinder's cinematography. From this, we see the strands of corruption and greed, love and longing, jealousy and deceit as the strongest themes of the film, with Barbara Sukowa (as excellent here as she was in von Trier's Europa a decade later) managing to pull off this multi-faceted role that seems to incorporate every single one of those disparate characteristics. Because of this, some have stated that Lola, as a character, is too hard to relate to or sympathise with and, as a result of this, Fassbinder's central message falls flat. I disagree. I believe you have to really analysis Lola's relationship to the town and her relationship with Von Bohm to really understand the contradictory dimensions of the character in relation to the director's sub-textual ideas about Post War Germany, etc.

Lola exists in very much the same cinematic universe as the two other films that would come to form the backbone of what would eventually become known "the BRD trilogy"; though Fassbinder himself had often talked of plans to make more films in a similar vein - analysing post-war German history through to the present day - but was unable to continue the theme due to his untimely death in June of 1982. My only complaint is that the film seems to move a little too slowly on first viewing, but that just means that the viewer will have to work a little harder to follow the plot without being diverted by that sublime cinematography. Lola is, inarguably, one of the high points of latter-period Fassbinder and represents something of a second crossroad within his all-too-short career that - judging from that sprawling epic Berlin Alexanderplatz (1980) and the later, surreal and disturbing Querelle - could have really taken him anywhere!

Was the above review useful to you?
See more (13 total) »

Message Boards

Discuss this movie with other users on IMDb message board for Lola (1981)
Recent Posts (updated daily)User
Lola - An Openly Flamboyant Look From Beginning to End larryball43
Schukert a bad guy, apparently Rheli
The car she was driving... jkeyz42
Thank Goodness! whitrix
Barbara Sukowa's 'unrehearsed' big number filmchap
See more »

Recommendations

If you enjoyed this title, our database also recommends:
- - - - -
A Foreign Affair Buffalo Soldiers Rat Good Bye Lenin! The Hudsucker Proxy
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
Show more recommendations

Related Links

Full cast and crew Company credits External reviews
News articles IMDb Comedy section IMDb West Germany section

You may report errors and omissions on this page to the IMDb database managers. They will be examined and if approved will be included in a future update. Clicking the 'Edit page' button will take you through a step-by-step process.