Lola (1981)


Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5

West Germany, 1981.  , .  Screenplay by Rainer Werner Fassbinder, , .  Cinematography by .  Produced by .  Music by , .  Production Design by , .  Costume Design by , .  Film Editing by Rainer Werner Fassbinder, .  

The second film, after The Marriage of Maria Braun and before Veronika Voss, that Rainer Werner Fassbinder made in his “BRD” trilogy, examining Germany after World War II through the experiences of female protagonists. This chapter in the series is a loose interpretation of The Blue Angel, with a gorgeous  as a cabaret singer of dubious morality, who draws up a rivalry between a building contractor () and a commissioner (Armin Mueller-Stahl) in an effort to ascend the social ladder. Fassbinder’s pacing is erratic and the plotting doesn’t always have a clear direction to follow, but his candy-coloured, Douglas Sirk-inspired photography is always a pleasure, and Sukowa’s performance is electric. Also features a wonderful small performance by , who would go on to give the stunning lead performance in Voss.

The Criterion Collection:  #205

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