Lola • 1h 55m
Directed by Rainer Werner Fassbinder • 1981 • Germany
Starring Barbara Sukowa, Mario Adorf, Armin Mueller-Stahl
Germany in the autumn of 1957: Lola (Barbara Sukowa), a seductive cabaret singer–prostitute, exults in her power as a tempter of men, but she wants more—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, Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s LOLA, an homage to Josef von Sternberg’s classic THE BLUE ANGEL, is a wonderfully satirical tribute to capitalism.
Up Next in Lola
Recorded in 2003, this commentary features Fassbinder documentarian, biographer, and friend Christian Braad Thomsen.
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...