Photo: Rolf Konow
Fassbinder – to love without Demands
Christian Braad Thomsen Director, writer, producer and film distributor, born 1940. Has established himself as an incisive culture critic and writer on film as well as a passionate defender of arthouse cinema. His artistic orientation is reflected in his books on Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Alfred Hitchcock and the French New Wave directors. Braad Thomsen has also played an important role in Denmark as an importer and distributor of arthouse films. Making his film debut in 1971, Braad Thomsen has signed feature films as well as documentaries. Awardwinning feature films include Stab in the Heart (1981, Special Jury Prize in San Remo), Ladies on the Rocks (1983, Best Direction award at Atlantic Film Festival), and The Blue Monk (1998, Carl Th. Dreyer Prize in Copenhagen). His latest films include the musical portraits The Voice of Iran – Mohammad Reza Shajarian (2006), Marilyn Mazur – Queen of Percussion (2006) and Blues for Montmartre (2011). Fassbinder – To Love without Demands (2015) world premieres in Panorama at the Berlinale. For more information about the film, see reverse section.
Once during my friendship with Fassbinder I feared it was over. I told him that I was expecting a child with my girlfriend, and he got furious and said that then I had really understood nothing of his films, which are about how we have organised ourselves so horribly with each other that bringing children into the world is utterly indefensible. And then he disappeared into the night. I was distraught, but his actress Irm Hermann later told me that he was just jealous and that he had often begged her to give him a child. But that’s where she drew the line. Fassbinder was, in a sense, himself the child he never had and no matter how insufferable he could be, perhaps these childlike qualities were precisely why we all regarded him with such love. When he made a film, he was like a child creating his own private fantasy world – or his own nightmares. His films in a certain sense are filmed from the point of view of the wondering child. Just look how grownups live! Look how they abuse each other and themselves.
FILM | Berlin Issue 2015
Rainer Werner Fassbinder German film director and screenwriter, 1945-82. One the most important figures in the New German Cinema. In a professional career that lasted less than fifteen years, he completed forty featurelength films, two television series, three short films, four video productions, twenty-four stage plays, four radio plays, and thirty-six acting roles in his own and others’ films. Fassbinder is said to be, above all, the visual interpreter of German history in the 20th century, from the collapse of the Weimar Republic to the terrorism of the 1970’s. Famous works include his feature debut Love Is Colder Than Death (1969), The Merchant of Four Seasons (1971), The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant (1972), Fear Eats the Soul (1974), The Marriage of Maria Braun (1978), Berlin Alexanderplatz (TV, 1980), Lola (1981), Veronika Voss (1982).
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