Chaos as Usual: Conversations About Rainer Werner Fassbinder by Marion Schmid, Herbert Gehr, Juliane Lorenz

By Marion Schmid, Herbert Gehr, Juliane Lorenz

(Applause Books). Rainer Werner Fassbiner left at the back of a literary and cinematic legacy which holds a distinct position within the heritage of eu movie and within the tradition of the 20th century. It developed because the expression of an period, among 1966 and 1982, in a rustic which was once then one other Germany and which now not exists.

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In the beginning, his acting had something of Marlon Brando. Of all the students he was the most interesting to me. " Somehow the look in his eyes mattered to me. Yet you never asked him? No. I can't even remember speaking to him all that much. All I remember is that he struck me as someone special with a special talent, an outsider like myself, but that he didn't like me. One day we were rehearsing a scene from Goethe's Elective Affinities, where a sister loves her brother but doesn't want to let him know.

The change began in 1966, especially a change away from formality. People simply behaved toward each other in a more relaxed way. Until then life had still been somewhat Victorian. It was the end of an epoch. And perhaps we owe this epoch a duty - which is an anachronism in our day and age. Her somewhat accidental stint, in 1964, at the drama school in Munich, and particularly her encounter with Rainer Werner Fassbinder, ended Ms. Schygulla c academic career. Beginning in 1969, she acted in about half of Fassbinder's movies.

The theater was gone, as was the large apartment on Holzstrasse where Horst and I had lived. He had just stopped paying the rent. What did you do? Where did you go? I moved into the theater. I was determined to go on with my theater. And where was Horst? He disappeared. I learned from the newspapers that he had joined Andreas Baader and had taken part in setting fire to that department store in Frankfurt. It was horrible. Not only did I no longer have a theater or an apartment, I no longer had a husband.

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