The Munich Film Museum is holding a retrospective throughout May dedicated to the work of three of the most renowned representatives of New German Cinema: Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Werner Schroeter and Wim Wenders. The curators, Stefan Drößler and Rainer Gansera, have taken the fact that the three filmmakers were all born in 1945 as the basis for exploring parallels, overlaps and differences in their work. Starting with early attempts at filmmaking in Munich, the series takes viewers on a journey through the auteur cinema of the 1970s, while also focusing on the question of what the concept of “homeland” means, the search for utopias in everyday life and longed-for places. Fassbinder’s death in 1982 marks both the conclusion of the retrospective and the end of an era. The series includes short Fassbinder films such as THE LITTLE CHAOS and THE CITY TRAMP, and THE MARRIAGE OF MARIA BRAUN, in which the director explores post-war West Germany, while his contemporaries Wenders and Schroeter were drawn to America and Italy, as well as QUERELLE, Fassbinder’s last work as a director. The series open on 1 May with a lecture by Rainer Gansera and selected examples from the initial experimental work of the three directors.
Photo left: DER STADTSTREICHER, © RWFF
Photo right: DAS KLEINE CHAOS, © RWFF