Lola

Lola

Directed by Rainer Werner Fassbinder • 1981 • Germany

Germany in the autumn of 1957: Lola, a seductive cabaret singer-prostitute (Barbara Sukowa) exults in her power as a temptress of men, but she wants out--she wants money, property, and love. Pitting a corrupt building contractor (Mario Adorf) against the new straight-arrow building commissioner (Armin Mueller-Stahl), Lola launches an outrageous plan to elevate herself in a world where everything, and everyone, is for sale. Shot in childlike candy colors, Fassbinder's homage to Josef von Sternberg's classic The Blue Angel stands as a satiric tribute to capitalism.

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Lola
  • Lola

    Directed by Rainer Werner Fassbinder • 1981 • Germany

    Germany in the autumn of 1957: Lola, a seductive cabaret singer-prostitute (Barbara Sukowa) exults in her power as a temptress of men, but she wants out--she wants money, property, and love. Pitting a corrupt building contractor (Mario Adorf)...

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  • Peter Märthesheimer on LOLA

    Peter Märthesheimer was a producer at Cologne’s public TV station, Westdeutscher Rundfunk, when he met Rainer Werner Fassbinder in 1972. He later worked with Fassbinder on DESPAIR and BERLIN ALEXANDERPLATZ, and, with psychologist Pea Fröhlich, wrote the scripts for LOLA and the other films in THE...

  • Barbara Sukowa on LOLA

    Actor Barbara Sukowa began her career in the German theater. In this 2003 interview she discusses her move into film under the direction of Rainer Werner Fassbinder. In 1981, Sukowa starred in Fassbinder’s LOLA, as well as Margarethe von Trotta’s MARIANNE AND JULIANE. She has since worked with La...