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.