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RW FASSBINDER DOC 22 TUE 23 MAY SAT 27 MAY 18:00 NFT3 15:30 NFT2 MON 22 MAY WED 24 MAY SAT 27 MAY 20:45 NFT1 20:40 NFT2 20:45 NFT1 FRI 19 MAY WED 24 MAY 20:45 NFT3 18:20 NFT1 book online at bfi.org.uk Theatre in Trance Theater in Trance W Germany 1981. Dir Rainer Werner Fassbinder. 91min. Digital. EST All the world’s a stage in Fassbinder’s documentary about the 1981 World Theatre Festival in Cologne, an immersive montage of avant-garde performances (including some electrifying scenes from Pina Bausch’s ‘Kontakthof’) combined with Fassbinder’s voice-over readings from the cultural theories of Antonin Artaud. Theatre is seen as a vital form of protest – a way of extending the frontiers of reality. Lola W Germany 1981. Dir Rainer Werner Fassbinder. With Barbara Sukowa, Armin Mueller-Stahl, Mario Adorf. 113min. Digital 4K (in NFT1 only). EST. 15 This brilliant updating of The Blue Angel captures the sleazy vulgarity and sheer vitality of late 1950s West Germany. Lola (Sukowa), a nightclub singer and mistress of a corrupt property tycoon, sets out to seduce her lover’s chief opponent, the idealistic new town planner (Mueller-Stahl). Brace yourself for schmaltzy ballads, garish lighting and a candy-coloured world of illusions. Lili Marleen W Germany 1980. Dir Rainer Werner Fassbinder. With Hanna Schygulla, Giancarlo Giannini, Mel Ferrer. 120min. 35mm. EST. 15 Loosely based on Lale Andersen’s memoirs, Fassbinder’s only film set in the Third Reich chronicles the career of recording star Willie Bunterberg (Schygulla) who wows the troops with her famous hit song while secretly pining for her Jewish lover. With a lavish budget at his disposal, Fassbinder explores the nature of fascist spectacle in all its brutish, tawdry glamour.


BFI SB Guide May Page Turner
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