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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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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

[last lines]
Little Marie: Are you happy?
Von Bohm: Yes, Marie. I am happy.
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Featured in La trilogie allemande (2005) See more »

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Unter fremden Sternen
Lyrics by Aldo von Pinelli
Composed by Lotar Olias
(p) 1959 Polydor
Performed by Freddy Quinn
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The memory of love
3 January 2010 | by hasoschSee all my reviews

Von Bohm is from East-Prussia, his two "weaknesses" are "East-Prussian human beings and West-Frisian tea", he tells to Lola's mother who works as his house-keeper after he has been elected as the new head of the construction department by the city of Coburg. Coburg - as any German city in the time of the "Wirtschaftswunder" - is a place "where people have an outer and an inner life, and both have nothing to do with one another". Although Von Bohm agrees, he has not a ghost of an idea that the elegant and beautiful young lady who gets his hand-kiss is in her "inner" life the attraction of the local bordello where the "crows" (major, police president, politicians, heads of the governmental departments) and the "vulture" (Schuckert) reunite every evening while their wives are knitting at home or are already asleep.

It is amazing what Fassbinder made out of the Heinrich Mann-Von Sternberg drama "Professor Unrat" or "The Blue Angel", respectively. Fassbinder's Lola is not a man-murdering and at last unreachable "beauty" like the (not so beautiful) Marlene Dietrich, but a girl who has to nourish her little daughter and still has the hope for a better live. She is "open" for everybody and does not flirt with the distance. In the opposite: On the stage she goes from hand to hand and is something like a collective propriety of the "Creme De La Creme" of the little city. (The figure of Esslin - whose name is close to Enslin -, who quotes Bakunin in Lola's Boudoir, is probably the rest that remained from the original protagonist character of Professor Unrat.) Therefore, Fassbinder's Lola is not about the decrease of a society member by entering the "wrong" society, but about her way to become a part of her society and Von Bohm's desire to possess his beloved "object". This is managed in an almost fairy-tale-like style, typically (and ironically) for the Germany of the Adenauer-era, so that in the end everybody looks happy, since everybody got what he wanted: Lola says to Mrs. Schuckert: "Now I belong to you". Schuckert earns his 3 millions of D-Marks from the "Lindenhof", the Mayor will be reelected, and Von Bohm gets Lola. Then, Lola's little daughter asks him: "Are you happy now?". Von Bohm answers a bit hesitatingly by "Yes". Unlike Professor Unrat, he does not pay with his life for his love, but probably with his soul.


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