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Photo: Anti-teater and X-Film

Fassbinder – to love without Demands

4. Fassbinder and Irm Hermann in Fear Eats the Soul. 5. Fassbinder and Hanna Schygulla in Love Is Colder Than Death. 6. Fassbinder and Christian Braad Thomsen at Cannes Film Festival, 1974. Photo : Peter Gauhe

There is footage of Fassbinder just eight hours before he died, in which he articulates his motto: you have to have yourself twice to become a whole person. Indeed, you can’t say one thing about him without having to say the opposite as well. At the last bar of the night he often looked like a bully you would give a wide berth on the sidewalk. Then, the next morning, when you watched him work on the set with actors, camera and lights, the frog turned into the handsomest prince. Having yourself twice may refer to Freud’s theory that a person is torn between the superego, the seat of morality, and the id, where repressed desires are stowed away. But the words may also refer to Fassbinder’s favourite prop, the mirror, in which his characters constantly have themselves over again. Take Emmi in Fear Eats the Soul, who after her first night with her Arab lover looks in the mirror and remarks that she’s just an old cleaning lady who is assumed to have put such desires behind her. 4.


FILM | Berlin Issue 2015

Danish Films Berlin 2015  
Danish Films Berlin 2015  

Danish Film Institute's magazine with interviews and all the basics on Danish films at Berlin 2015