Karlheinz Braun Celebrates His Eightieth Birthday

Initiator and cofounder of the Verlag der Autoren Karlheinz Braun was born in Frankfurt am Main on July 4, 1932. In 1952 he enrolled in at the Goethe University in Frankfurt, where he studied literature and philosophy, later continuing his studies in Paris during semesters abroad. From 1953 to 1959 he headed the Frankfurt student (…)

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Dramatist Tom Stoppard turns 75

Marking the birthday of the author of the screenplay for DESPAIR Sir Tom Stoppard was born Tomáš Straussler in the Czechoslovakian town of Zlín on July 3, 1937. Both his parents were Jewish and the family fled the National Socialists in 1939, first to the British crown colony of Singapore and from there to India. (…)

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40 Years Ago: RWF’s THE BITTER TEARS OF PETRA VON KANT

A chamber play about dependency and the economics of emotions On June 25, 1972, Fassbinder’s thirteenth feature film, THE BITTER TEARS OF PETRA VON KANT, premiered as a German competition entry at the Berlin Film Festival and earned him a nomination for the festival’s top award, the Golden Bear. The genesis of the film, as (…)

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Comprehensive Fassbinder Retrospective on ARTE

Video portal, web dossier and press publications marking the thirtieth anniversary of RWF’s death This European Championship summer would certainly have been a source of great delight for Fassbinder, who was a passionate football fan, often following a long day of filming by playing in the team he founded, “FC Alexanderplatz,” in what were sometimes (…)

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Munich International Film Festival Presents an Homage

“The Tenderness of Rainer Werner Fassbinder” This year marks the thirtieth anniversary not only of Fassbinder’s death but also of the Munich Film Festival, which runs from June 29 to July 7. The festival’s director, Diana Iljine, sees this shared anniversary as an “opportunity to present a very special homage commemorating perhaps the most significant (…)

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