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Rainer Werner Fassbinder

Rainer Werner Fassbinder was a German film director, screenwriter, and actor. He is one of the most important figures in the New German Cinema. Fassbinder maintained a frenetic pace in filmmaking. In a professional career that lasted less than fifteen years, he completed forty feature length films; two television film series; three short films; four video productions; twenty-four stage plays and four radio plays; and thirty-six acting roles in his own and others’ films. He also worked as an actor (film and theater), author, cameraman, composer, designer, editor, producer and theater manager. Underlying Fassbinder's work was a desire to provoke and disturb. His phenomenal creative energy, when working, coexisted with a wild, self-destructive libertinism that earned him a reputation as the enfant terrible of the New German Cinema, as well as being its central figure. He had tortured personal relationships with the actors and technicians around him who formed a surrogate family. However, his pictures demonstrate his deep sensitivity to social outsiders and his hatred of institutionalized violence. He ruthlessly attacked both German bourgeois society and the larger limitations of humanity. Fassbinder died in June 1982 at the age of 37 from a lethal cocktail of cocaine and barbiturates. His death has often been cited as the event that ended the New German Cinema movement.

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May 31, 1945 In Bad Wörishofen, Bavaria, Germany
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the series Stars in der Manege 1959-04-11
Latest Project:
Movie Fassbinder 2015-04-30
Known For
Poster of Berlin Alexanderplatz
Poster of Die Wohngenossin
Poster of Whity
Poster of Supergirl
Movie Fassbinder Himself 2015-04-30
Movie Fassbinder: Love Without Demands 2015-02-07
Movie My Name Is Not Ali 2011-11-07
Movie Back to Room 666 2008-02-02
Movie Gegenschuss - Aufbruch der Filmemacher 2008-02-11
Movie Fassbinder in Hollywood Self 2002-07-02
Movie I Don't Just Want You to Love Me Self (archive footage) 1993-01-01
Movie Filmarbeit mit Douglas Sirk Self 1987-01-18
Movie Room 666 1982-06-01
Movie Veronika Voss Kinobesucher (uncredited) 1982-05-13
Movie Rainer Werner Fassbinder - Last Works 1982-07-25
Movie Kamikaze 1989 Polizeileutnant Jansen 1982-07-16
Movie Polnischer Sommer Babiuch 1981-07-09
Movie Berlin Alexanderplatz Narrator and Himself 1980-08-28
Movie Bourbon Street Blues Writer 1979-02-22
Series NDR Talk Show Unknown 1979-02-09
Movie The Marriage of Maria Braun Peddler (as Fassbinder) 1979-03-23
Movie Rainer Werner Fassbinder, 1977 Himself 1977-01-01
Movie Shadow of Angels Raoul 1976-01-31
Movie Signs of Vigorous Life: The New German Cinema 1976-12-02
Movie Die Wohngenossin 1975-05-29
Movie Fox and His Friends Franz "Fox" Bieberkopf 1975-06-06
Movie 1 Berlin-Harlem Himself 1974-01-01
Series Am laufenden Band Gast 1974-04-27
Movie Ali: Fear Eats the Soul Eugen 1974-06-05
Movie Effi Briest Narrator (uncredited) 1974-06-20
Movie Tenderness of the Wolves Wittowski 1973-07-12
Movie Bremer Freiheit Rumpf 1972-12-12
Movie The Sudden Wealth of the Poor People of Kombach Bauer 1971-04-14
Movie Rio das Mortes 1971-02-15
Movie Haytabo 1971-01-01
Series Dalli Dalli Unknown 1971-05-13
Movie Mathias Kneissl Flecklbauer 1971-05-27
Movie Beware of a Holy Whore Sascha, Herstellungsleiter 1971-08-28
Movie Supergirl Man in Front of Shop Window 1971-05-14
Movie Whity 1971-06-02
Movie Baal Baal 1970-01-07
Movie Love Is Colder Than Death Franz 1970-01-16
Movie The Niklashausen Journey Schwarzer Mönch 1970-10-26
Movie Gods of the Plague Pornokunde 1970-07-24
Movie The American Soldier Franz 1970-10-09
Movie Katzelmacher Jorgos 1969-10-07
Movie Tonys Freunde Mallard 1969-07-09
Movie Al Capone im deutschen Wald Heini 1969-10-22
Movie Mit Eichenlaub und Feigenblatt Festnehmender Soldat 1968-01-05
Movie The Bridegroom, the Actress, and the Pimp the pimp 1968-10-10
Movie The City Tramp Man #1 on Toilet 1966-01-01
Movie The Little Chaos Franz 1966-12-02
Series Stars in der Manege Unknown 1959-04-11