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Lola (1981)

In post-war West Germany, the charming Von Bohm is appointed a city's new Building Commissioner. His morality is tested when he unknowingly falls in love with a brothel worker, Lola, the paid mistress of a corrupt property developer.
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Barbara Sukowa ... Lola
Armin Mueller-Stahl ... Von Bohm
Mario Adorf ... Schuckert
Matthias Fuchs ... Esslin
Helga Feddersen Helga Feddersen ... Fräulein Hettich
Karin Baal ... Lola's Mother
Ivan Desny ... Wittich
Elisabeth Volkmann ... Gigi
Hark Bohm Hark Bohm ... Völker
Karl-Heinz von Hassel Karl-Heinz von Hassel ... Timmerding (as Karl Heinz von Hassel)
Rosel Zech ... Frau Schuckert
Sonja Neudorfer Sonja Neudorfer ... Frau Fink
Christine Kaufmann ... Susi
Y Sa Lo Y Sa Lo ... Rosa
Günther Kaufmann ... GI
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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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Drama | Romance

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Country:

West Germany

Language:

German | English | French | Latin

Release Date:

4 August 1982 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Lola, una mujer alemana See more »

Filming Locations:

Eichstätt, Bavaria, Germany See more »

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Budget:

DEM 3,500,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Fujicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Part of the BRD Trilogy along with The Marriage of Maria Braun (1978) 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

Editor: What goals could the ruling class be pursuing?
Von Bohm: The goal of getting rich.
Editor: But that's why contracts are signed.
Von Bohm: But at what cost? I'll tell you. At the cost of the poor. Those without rights. The exploited.
Editor: They get something out of it, too. If one person gets rich, the others get rich, too. Maybe not exactly rich, but they're not as poor as they were before. That's why we call our market economy a social one: because there's something in it for everyone. Those are the rules of the game. ...
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Followed by Veronika Voss (1982) See more »

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Santa Lucia
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Arranged By Peer Raben
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fable of the incorruptible man
23 May 2016 | by SnoopyStyleSee all my reviews

It's 10 years after the war in West Germany. Lola (Barbara Sukowa) is a lounge singer/prostitute at a bordello run by corrupt builder Schuckert, the father of her daughter. Herr von Bohm (Armin Mueller-Stahl) is a new righteous building commissioner and Schuckert needs to add three floors to his building. Esslin works under von Bohm and is the corrupt mayor's man. Lola's mother is von Bohm's landlady. Lola seduces von Bohm as proper lady with her real name Marie-Louise. When Esslin brings him to the bordello, his incorruptibility is tested.

Barbara Sukowa is terrific as the brassy broad reminiscent of the old classic goddesses like Marlene Dietrich. Armin Mueller-Stahl is always Armin. There are other great performances. This is a morality fable. It has a slightly surreal melodramatic feel. It's all very intriguing.


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