Rainer Werner Fassbinder

Director, Screenwriter, Actor
By far the best-known director of the New German Cinema, Fassbinder has also been called the most important filmmaker of the post-WWII generation. Exceptionally versatile and prolific, he directed over 40 films between ... Read more »
Born: 05/30/1945 in Germany

Filmography

Writer (43)

World on a Wire 2010 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Water Drops on Burning Rocks 2000 (Movie)

("Tropfen auf heisse Steine") (Play as Source Material)

I Only Want You to Love Me 1994 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Martha 1994 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Deutschland im Herbst 1993 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Schatten Der Engel 1992 (Movie)

("Der Mull die Stadt und der Tod oder Frankenstein am Main") (Play as Source Material)

Schatten Der Engel 1992 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Ali: Fear Eats the Soul 1989 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Beware of a Holy Whore 1989 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Bolwieser 1989 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Chinesisches Roulette 1989 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Die Dritte Generation 1989 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Die Ehe der Maria Braun 1989 (Movie)

dialogue (Writer (dialogue))

Fontane Effi Briest 1989 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Gods of the Plague 1989 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

In a Year of 13 Moons 1989 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Katzelmacher 1989 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Lili Marleen 1989 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Lili Marleen 1989 (Movie)

dialogue (Writer (dialogue))

Lola 1989 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Mother Kusters Goes to Heaven 1989 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Satansbraten 1989 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The American Soldier 1989 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant 1989 (Movie)

(Play as Source Material)

The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant 1989 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Merchant of Four Seasons 1989 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Veronika Voss 1989 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Warum Lauft Herr R. Amok? 1989 (Movie)

(improvised) (Screenplay)

Querelle 1982 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Berlin Alexanderplatz 1979 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Fox and His Friends 1976 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Angst vor der Angst 1974 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Wie ein Vogel auf dem Draht 1974 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Nora Helmer 1972 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Bremer Freiheit 1971 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Wildwechsel 1971 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Das Kaffeehaus 1969 (Movie)

from stage production (Play as Source Material)

Das Kaffeehaus 1969 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Die Niklashauser Fahrt 1969 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Pioniere in Ingolstadt 1969 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Rio das Mortes 1969 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Whity 1969 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Love Is Colder Than Death 1968 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Director (41)

World on a Wire 2010 (Movie)

(Director)

I Only Want You to Love Me 1994 (Movie)

(Director)

Martha 1994 (Movie)

(Director)

Deutschland im Herbst 1993 (Movie)

(Director)

Theatre in Trance 1991 (Movie)

(Director)

Ali: Fear Eats the Soul 1989 (Movie)

(Director)

Beware of a Holy Whore 1989 (Movie)

(Director)

Bolwieser 1989 (Movie)

(Director)

Chinesisches Roulette 1989 (Movie)

(Director)

Die Dritte Generation 1989 (Movie)

(Director)

Die Ehe der Maria Braun 1989 (Movie)

(Director)

Fontane Effi Briest 1989 (Movie)

(Director)

Gods of the Plague 1989 (Movie)

(Director)

In a Year of 13 Moons 1989 (Movie)

(Director)

Katzelmacher 1989 (Movie)

(Director)

Lili Marleen 1989 (Movie)

(Director)

Lola 1989 (Movie)

(Director)

Mother Kusters Goes to Heaven 1989 (Movie)

(Director)

Satansbraten 1989 (Movie)

(Director)

The American Soldier 1989 (Movie)

(Director)

The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant 1989 (Movie)

(Director)

The Merchant of Four Seasons 1989 (Movie)

(Director)

Veronika Voss 1989 (Movie)

(Director)

Warum Lauft Herr R. Amok? 1989 (Movie)

(Director)

Querelle 1982 (Movie)

(Director)

Berlin Alexanderplatz 1979 (Movie)

(Director)

Despair 1977 (Movie)

(Director)

Fox and His Friends 1976 (Movie)

(Director)

Frauen in New York 1976 (Movie)

(Director)

Angst vor der Angst 1974 (Movie)

(Director)

Wie ein Vogel auf dem Draht 1974 (Movie)

(Director)

Nora Helmer 1972 (Movie)

(Director)

Bremer Freiheit 1971 (Movie)

(Director)

Wildwechsel 1971 (Movie)

(Director)

Das Kaffeehaus 1969 (Movie)

(Director)

Die Niklashauser Fahrt 1969 (Movie)

(Director)

Pioniere in Ingolstadt 1969 (Movie)

(Director)

Rio das Mortes 1969 (Movie)

(Director)

Whity 1969 (Movie)

(Director)

Love Is Colder Than Death 1968 (Movie)

(Director)
Actor (30)

Words In Progress 2003 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Deutschland im Herbst 1993 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Ich Will Nicht Nur, Dass Ihr Mich Liebt 1992 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Schatten Der Engel 1992 (Movie)

Raoul (Actor)

Ali: Fear Eats the Soul 1989 (Movie)

Eugen (Actor)

Beware of a Holy Whore 1989 (Movie)

Sascha (Actor)

Die Ehe der Maria Braun 1989 (Movie)

Dealer (Actor)

Fontane Effi Briest 1989 (Movie)

Narration (Narrator)

Gods of the Plague 1989 (Movie)

Porno Buyer (Actor)

Katzelmacher 1989 (Movie)

Jorgos (Actor)

Lili Marleen 1989 (Movie)

Gunther Weisenhorn (Actor)

The American Soldier 1989 (Movie)

Franz Walsh (Actor)

The Merchant of Four Seasons 1989 (Movie)

Zucker (Actor)

Veronika Voss 1989 (Movie)

Man in Cinema (Actor)

Chambre 666 1983 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Kamikaze '89 1981 (Movie)

Jansen (Actor)

The Wizard of Babylon 1981 (Movie)

(Actor)

Der Kleine Godard 1977 (Movie)

2nd Film Director (Actor)

Fox and His Friends 1976 (Movie)

Franz Biberkopf-- (Actor)

1 Berlin Harlem 1973 (Movie)

(Actor)

Zartlichkeit der Wolfe 1972 (Movie)

(Actor)

Bremer Freiheit 1971 (Movie)

Rumpf (Actor)

Die Niklashauser Fahrt 1969 (Movie)

Black Monk (Actor)

Matthias Kneissl 1969 (Movie)

(Actor)

Rio das Mortes 1969 (Movie)

Discotheque-Goer (Actor)

Whity 1969 (Movie)

Guest in Saloon (Actor)

Baal 1968 (Movie)

(Actor)

Love Is Colder Than Death 1968 (Movie)

Franz (Actor)
Editor (14)

Beware of a Holy Whore 1989 (Movie)

(Editor)

Die Ehe der Maria Braun 1989 (Movie)

(Editor)

Gods of the Plague 1989 (Movie)

(Editor)

In a Year of 13 Moons 1989 (Movie)

(Editor)

Katzelmacher 1989 (Movie)

(Editor)

Lili Marleen 1989 (Movie)

(Editor)

Lola 1989 (Movie)

(Editor)

The Merchant of Four Seasons 1989 (Movie)

(Editor)

Warum Lauft Herr R. Amok? 1989 (Movie)

(Editor)

Querelle 1982 (Movie)

(Editor)

Zartlichkeit der Wolfe 1972 (Movie)

(Editor)

Die Niklashauser Fahrt 1969 (Movie)

(Editor)

Whity 1969 (Movie)

(Editor)

Love Is Colder Than Death 1968 (Movie)

(Editor)
Producer (14)

Ali: Fear Eats the Soul 1989 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Beware of a Holy Whore 1989 (Movie)

(Producer)

Chinesisches Roulette 1989 (Movie)

(Producer)

Die Dritte Generation 1989 (Movie)

(Producer)

Gods of the Plague 1989 (Movie)

(Producer)

In a Year of 13 Moons 1989 (Movie)

(Producer)

Katzelmacher 1989 (Movie)

(Producer)

Lola 1989 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

The American Soldier 1989 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant 1989 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

The Merchant of Four Seasons 1989 (Movie)

(Producer)

Fox and His Friends 1976 (Movie)

(Producer)

Zartlichkeit der Wolfe 1972 (Movie)

(Producer)

Love Is Colder Than Death 1968 (Movie)

(Producer)
Art Department (6)

Ali: Fear Eats the Soul 1989 (Movie)

art direction (Art Director)

In a Year of 13 Moons 1989 (Movie)

art direction (Art Director)

Katzelmacher 1989 (Movie)

(Production Designer)

The American Soldier 1989 (Movie)

art direction (Art Director)

The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant 1989 (Movie)

(Production Designer)

Love Is Colder Than Death 1968 (Movie)

art direction (Art Director)
Camera, Film, & Tape (2)

Die Dritte Generation 1989 (Movie)

cinematography (Cinematographer)

In a Year of 13 Moons 1989 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)
Music (2)

The American Soldier 1989 (Movie)

("So Much Tenderness") (Song)
Other (1)

Die Ehe der Maria Braun 1989 (Movie)

from idea (Other)

Biography

By far the best-known director of the New German Cinema, Fassbinder has also been called the most important filmmaker of the post-WWII generation. Exceptionally versatile and prolific, he directed over 40 films between 1969 and 1982; in addition, he wrote most of his scripts, produced and edited many of his films and wrote plays and songs, as well as acting on stage, in his own films and in the films of others. Although he worked in a variety of genres--the gangster film, comedy, science fiction, literary adaptations--most of his stories employed elements of Hollywood melodrama from the 1950s overlayed with social criticism and avant-garde techniques. Fassbinder's expressed desire was to make films that were both popular and critical successes, but assessment of the results has been decidedly mixed: his critics contend that he became so infatuated with the Hollywood forms he tried to appropriate that the political impact of his films is indistinguishable from conventional melodrama, while his admirers argue that he was a postmodernist filmmaker whose films satisfy audience expectations while simultaneously subverting them.

Relationships

Ingrid Caven

Wife
married in 1970, then divorced

Irm Hermann Actor

Companion

Günther Kaufmann Actor

Companion

Juliane Lorenz

Companion
worked on Fassbinder's films together from 1977 until his death

Liselotte Pempeit

Mother
divorced when Fassbinder was five in 1951 acted in Fassbinder's films

EDUCATION

left high school before graduating in 1964

Rudolph Steiner Elementary School

Milestones

1982

Last film, "Querelle"

1968

First feature film as director, co-art director and actor, "Liebe ist kalter als der Tod/Love Is Colder Than Death"

1968

Founded acting company Anti-Theater

1967

Joined Munich Action-Theater

1965

First short film as director, writer and actor, "Der Stradtstreicher/The City Tramp"

Debut as playwright, "Katzelmacher"

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