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BFI SB Guide May Page Turner

‘FASSBINDER’S LATE, GREAT MASTERPIECE IS A BRILLIANT RE-WORKING OF SUNSET BOULEVARD, SET IN POST-WAR MUNICH’ MARGARET DERIAZ, SEASON PROGRAMMER Veronika Voss (p23) ‘A MATURE, DIALOGUE-FREE WORK BY A TRUE AUTEUR’ JUSTIN JOHNSON, LEAD PROGRAMMER The Red Turtle (p9) OUR PICKS Each month, we give you our top choices from the programme WELCOME! ‘I’D LIKE TO BE FOR CINEMA WHAT SHAKESPEARE WAS FOR THEATRE, MARX FOR POLITICS AND FREUD FOR PSYCHOLOGY: SOMEONE AFTER WHOM NOTHING IS AS IT USED TO BE’ Rainer Werner Fassbinder When considering Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s extraordinary body of work, one can’t help but wonder what he would have made of the world today. The alarming lurch to the right in international politics, the daily circus that is the presidency of the United States, the rise of fake news, atrociously damaging conflict in the Middle East, state-sanctioned homophobia in Russia – this disorientating list seems endless. No doubt he would have made films that seek to make sense of it all and find the truth. In a short but breathtakingly prolific career and in a blaze of chemically- fuelled creative intensity, Fassbinder created some 40 feature films, 29 plays and two television series, which together represent a rich and absorbing canon that offers a dazzling insight into the human condition. As with so many artists that burn fast and bright, Fassbinder was ahead of his time and undoubtedly left an urgent, powerful mark upon the history of cinema. Stuart Brown, Head of Programme and Acquisition


BFI SB Guide May Page Turner
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