Fassbinder – NOW

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Flyer: Martin-Gropius-Bau

The Deutsches Filmmuseum, Frankfurt a. M. presents Fassbinder – NOW iat the Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin, to mark Rainer Werner Fassbinder's (1945–1982) birthday on 31st May. The presentation provides a new impetus to engage with one of the most significant German directors ever. The exhibition illustrates not only the film-maker's working methods, but also the coherence of his work in the cinema and its influence on the art being produced today. Fassbinder explains his understanding of film in excerpts from TV interviews, which can be seen on nine monitors, clarifying the methods with which he stage-managed his own public image. Visitors may leaf through notes, calculations, complete screenplay manuscripts or listen to the recordings for his masterpiece Berlin Alexanderplatz (1979/80). Additional attention is paid to Fassbinder's work with the costume designer Barbara Baum and shows her costumes, such as the spectacular silver lamé dress worn by Hanna Schygulla in Lili Marleen (1980) and the sailors' uniforms from Querelle (1982). The second part of the exhibition illustrates the recurring themes and aesthetic resources in Fassbinder's films, juxtaposed with the works of contemporary artists that refer to them either directly or indirectly. Excerpts from Fassbinder's films, shown as a compilation on three large screens, introduce the most important themes in his œuvre and highlight the stylistic resources, such as lighting, framing and direction of gaze, that characterise his films. Fassbinder forever.

Fassbinder – NOW, Martin-Gropius-Bau, Niederkirchnerstraße 7, 10963 Berlin
Wed–Mon 10am–7pm, Tue closed www.gropiusbau.de/fassbinder