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Rainer Werner Fassbinder is perhaps the most arresting and controversial film director of all time. In a career that lasted only 16 years, ending abruptly when he died of a drug overdose at age 36, Fassbinder wrote and directed 34 films and two lengthy television miniseries. He was also a prolific playwright and actor in other people's films. Comprehensive assessments are hard to come by, but this book, written by one of Fassbinder's friends, does an admirable job of covering the prolific director's career and analyzing all of his films, including the masterworks Effie Briest, The Marriage of Maria Braun, Lola, Veronika Voss, and Berlin-Alexanderplatz. The book ends with an intriguing reassessment of Fassbinder's final movie, Querelle. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Christian Braad Thomsen is a Danish filmmaker and scholar.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 358 pages
  • Publisher: University of Minnesota Press; 1 edition (February 18, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0816643644
  • ISBN-13: 978-0816643646
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,260,644 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Stalwart Kreinblaster on November 1, 2004
Format: Paperback
If you are curious about Fassbinder's film - this book offers a fine outline - with comments about Fassbinder's life interspersed - by someone who knew him and talked to him on several occasions. You can sense that Fassbinder had a great impact on Christian Braad Thomsen - his biography is done in a loving fashion.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Melinda on September 2, 2013
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Word association. When you hear the name Rainer Werner Fassbinder, what words come to mind?

Genius Creative Dictator Troubled Disturbed Workaholic Driven Talented Passionate

The possibilities are endless, too numerous to list. In Christian Braad Thomsen's Fassbinder: The Life And Work Of A Provocative Genius you will read an extremely comprehensive and exhausted biography of Rainer Werner Fassbinder.

Thomsen, a close friend, tells of the life and times as well as diving into Fasbinder's work holding nothing back of this creative and controversial genius both in his personal and professional life.

We learn of Fassbinder's turbulent childhood, his homosexuality, his faux marriage, his work habits, his volatile, and painful relationships with his actors. More importantly Fassbinder's passion and obsession of cinema and theatre is explored in great detail. Thomsen cites Fassbinder's work along with analysis, beautifully presented and never boring or mundane. Well executed and appreciated by those that have not had the opportunity to view all of Fassbinder's work.

Theatre is also presented and extremely important since theatre was the catalyst for Fassbinder venturing him into film. Fassbinder stated "In theatre I always directed as if it were a film, and then shot the films as if it were theatre, I did that fairly determinedly." Fassbinder stated in regards to cinema "I would like to build a house with my films. Some are the cellar, others the walls and others again are the windows. But I hope that, in the end, it will be a house.
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3 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Chris H on August 2, 2005
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"Life and Work" is one of the most indepth and personal accounts of the personality behind some of the most intriguing, mysterious, and at times, revolting films of twentieth century cinema.

Christian Braad Thomsen writes with the authenticity of someone who experieneced Fassbinder first hand. If you are even remotely interested in the works of R.W. Fassbinder, start from his sixties era films and work up to his last in 1982. This book will be the perfect companion.
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4 of 12 people found the following review helpful By j on July 2, 2007
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I'm about 100 pages into it but Ill review it anyway. It is what it is. a very brief biography and a collection of brief synopses on all 44 films and the plays and videos and TV stuff. It can't decide if its film criticism or biography and unfortunately fails at both. Bummer, I had high hopes.
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