Biography

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 was prolific; 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. 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.

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 was prolific; 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. 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.

Personal Info

Known For Directing

Gender Male

Known Credits 87

Birthday 1945-05-31

Day of Death 1982-06-10

Place of Birth Bad Wörishofen, Germany

Official Site http://www.fassbinderfoundation.de/

Also Known As

  • Rainer W. Fassbinder
  • Franz Walsch
  • R. W. Fassbinder

Directing TV ShowsMovies

1982 Querelle Director
1982 Veronika Voss Director
1981 Lola Director
1981 Theater in Trance Director
1981 Lili Marleen Director
1980 Berlin Alexanderplatz (14 episodes)Director Director
1979 The Third Generation Director
1978 In a Year with 13 Moons Director
1978 Despair Director
1978 Germany in Autumn Director
1978 The Marriage of Maria Braun Director
1977 The Stationmaster's Wife Director
1977 Women in New York Director
1976 Chinese Roulette Director
1976 Satan's Brew Director
1976 I Only Want You to Love Me Director
1975 Fear of Fear Director
1975 Mother Küsters Goes to Heaven Director
1975 Fox and His Friends Director
1975 Like a Bird on a Wire Director
1974 Effi Briest Director
1974 Martha Director
1974 Ali: Fear Eats the Soul Director
1974 Nora Helmer Director
1973 World on a Wire Director (2 episodes)Director
1973 Jail Bait Director
1972 Bremer Freiheit Director
1972 Eight Hours Don't Make a Day Director (5 episodes)Director
1972 The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant Director
1971 The Merchant of Four Seasons Director
1971 Beware of a Holy Whore Director
1971 Whity Director
1971 Pioneers in Ingolstadt Director
1971 Rio das Mortes Director
1970 The Niklashausen Journey Director
1970 The American Soldier Director
1970 Gods of the Plague Director
1970 Why Does Herr R. Run Amok? Director
1970 The Coffee House Director
1970 Love Is Colder Than Death Director
1969 Katzelmacher Director
1966 The Little Chaos Director
1966 This Night Director
1966 The City Tramp Director

Acting

2015 Fassbinder as Himself
2015 Fassbinder: Love Without Demands
2012 Once Upon a Time... The Marriage of Maria Braun as himself
2011 My Name Is Not Ali
2008 Gegenschuss - Aufbruch der Filmemacher
2008 Back to Room 666
2002 Fassbinder in Hollywood as Himself
1993 I Don't Just Want You to Love Me as Himself (archive footage)
1987 Filmarbeit mit Douglas Sirk as himself
1982 Rainer Werner Fassbinder - Last Works
1982 Kamikaze 1989 as Polizeileutnant Jansen
1982 Room 666
1982 Veronika Voss as Kinogänger
1981 Polnischer Sommer as Babiuch
1980 Berlin Alexanderplatz as Narrator and Himself
1980 Notes on the Making of Berlin Alexanderplatz as Himself
1979 NDR Talk Show (1 episode)
1979 Bourbon Street Blues as Writer
1978 Life Stories: A Conversation with R. W. Fassbinder as Interviewee
1978 The Marriage of Maria Braun
1977 Rainer Werner Fassbinder, 1977 as Himself
1976 Signs of Vigorous Life: The New German Cinema
1976 Shadow of Angels as Raoul
1975 Fox and His Friends as Franz "Fox" Bieberkopf
1975 Die Wohngenossin
1975 Auf dem Trümmerfeld der Träume
1974 Am laufenden Band (1 episode) as Gast
1974 Ali: Fear Eats the Soul as Eugen
1974 1 Berlin-Harlem as Himself
1973 Tenderness of the Wolves as Wittowski
1972 Bremer Freiheit as Rumpf
1971 Beware of a Holy Whore as Sascha, Herstellungsleiter
1971 Whity
1971 Mathias Kneissl as Flecklbauer
1971 Supergirl as Mann vor dem Schaufenster
1971 Dalli Dalli (1 episode)
1971 The Sudden Wealth of the Poor People of Kombach as Bauer
1971 Haytabo
1970 The Niklashausen Journey as Schwarzer Mönch
1970 The American Soldier as Franz
1970 Gods of the Plague as Pornokunde
1970 Love Is Colder Than Death as Franz
1970 Baal as Baal
1969 Al Capone im deutschen Wald as Heini
1969 Katzelmacher as Jorgos
1969 Frei bis zum nächsten Mal as Mechaniker
1969 Tonys Freunde as Mallard
1968 The Bridegroom, the Actress, and the Pimp as the pimp
1968 Mit Eichenlaub und Feigenblatt as Festnehmender Soldat
1966 The Little Chaos as Franz
1966 The City Tramp as Man #1 on Toilet
1964 Grimme-Preis-Verleihung (1 episode) as himself
1959 Stars in der Manege (1 episode)
1951 Deutscher Filmpreis (Lola) (1 episode) as himself

Writing

2000 Water Drops on Burning Rocks Theatre Play
1982 Querelle Screenplay
1982 Veronika Voss Screenplay
1981 Lola Screenplay
1981 Theater in Trance Writer
1981 Lili Marleen Author
1980 Berlin Alexanderplatz Writer
1979 The Third Generation Screenplay
1978 In a Year with 13 Moons Writer
1978 Germany in Autumn Screenplay
1978 The Marriage of Maria Braun Idea
1977 The Stationmaster's Wife Writer
1976 Chinese Roulette Writer
1976 Satan's Brew Writer
1976 I Only Want You to Love Me Writer
1976 Shadow of Angels Screenplay Theatre Play
1975 Fear of Fear Writer
1975 Mother Küsters Goes to Heaven Writer
1975 Fox and His Friends Writer
1975 Like a Bird on a Wire Writer
1974 Effi Briest Screenplay
1974 Martha Screenplay
1974 Ali: Fear Eats the Soul Author
1973 World on a Wire Teleplay
1973 Jail Bait Screenplay Writer
1972 Bremer Freiheit Author
1972 Eight Hours Don't Make a Day Writer
1972 The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant Screenplay
1971 The Merchant of Four Seasons Screenplay
1971 Beware of a Holy Whore Writer
1971 Whity Screenplay
1971 Pioneers in Ingolstadt Screenplay
1971 Rio das Mortes Writer
1970 The Niklashausen Journey Writer
1970 The American Soldier Writer
1970 Gods of the Plague Screenplay
1970 Why Does Herr R. Run Amok? Screenplay
1970 The Coffee House Writer
1970 Love Is Colder Than Death Screenplay
1969 Katzelmacher Theatre Play Screenplay
1966 The Little Chaos Writer
1966 This Night Writer
1966 The City Tramp Writer

Editing

1982 Querelle Editor
1981 Lola Editor
1981 Lili Marleen Editor
1978 In a Year with 13 Moons Editor
1978 Despair Editor
1978 The Marriage of Maria Braun Editor
1977 The Stationmaster's Wife Editor
1971 Beware of a Holy Whore Editor
1971 Whity Editor
1970 The Niklashausen Journey Editor
1970 Gods of the Plague Editor
1970 Why Does Herr R. Run Amok? Editor
1970 Love Is Colder Than Death Editor
1969 Katzelmacher Editor
1966 The City Tramp Editor

Production

1979 The Third Generation Producer
1978 In a Year with 13 Moons Producer
1975 Fox and His Friends Producer
1974 Effi Briest Producer
1974 Ali: Fear Eats the Soul Producer
1973 Tenderness of the Wolves Producer
1972 The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant Producer
1970 The American Soldier Producer
1970 Gods of the Plague Producer

Art

1978 In a Year with 13 Moons Art Direction
1974 Ali: Fear Eats the Soul Production Design
1970 The American Soldier Production Design
1969 Katzelmacher Production Design

Creator

1980 Berlin Alexanderplatz Creator
1973 World on a Wire Creator
1972 Eight Hours Don't Make a Day Creator

Crew

1979 The Third Generation Cinematography
1966 This Night Cinematography

Camera

1978 In a Year with 13 Moons Director of Photography

Sound

1974 Ali: Fear Eats the Soul Original Music Composer

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