The year 1982 was one of strange and sad coincidences for the German film world. Romy Schneider and Rainer Werner Fassbinder, who were planning to work together on a film adaptation of Piligrilli’s novel COCAIN, died within two weeks of one another, the actress on May 29 and the film-maker on June 10. Only a few days later, on June 18, the German film star Curd Jürgens also passed away. 1982 was also marked by the death of renowned post-war director Konrad Wolf, who died in March that year in what was then the GDR.
This year the town of Bad Wörishofen, where Fassbinder was born, is marking the anniversary of its famous son’s death on June 10 with a commemorative event in the Filmhaus cinema. A public reception will be held from 10:30 am and followed by a screening of Hans Günther Pflaum’s documentary I DON’T JUST WANT YOU TO LOVE ME. In the evening there will be a screening of KATZELMACHER and on Tuesday June 12 at 8 pm the cinema will be showing Fassbinder’s LOLA.
From June 8-25 the German-French TV broadcaster ARTE will be presenting an extensive retrospective of Fassbinder’s work, comprising 10 full-length feature films and including the newly restored version of the two-part WORLD ON A WIRE. It is worth noting that ARTE is showing some of these films in its much sought-after primetime slot. Individual times of screenings:
June 8, 2012, 8:15 pm WORLD ON A WIRE (part I)
June 8, 2012, 9:55 pm WORLD ON A WIRE (part II)
June 11, 2012, 8:15 pm MERCHANT OF FOUR SEASONS
June 11, 2012, 9:40 pm THE BITTER TEARS OF PETRA VON KANT
June 11, 2012, 11:40 pm THE LITTLE CHAOS
June 13, 2012, 10:55 pm IN A YEAR WITH 13 MOONS
June 18, 2012, 8:15 pm THE MARRIAGE OF MARIA BRAUN
June 18, 2012, 10:10 pm ONCE UPON A TIME…THE MARRIAGE OF MARIA BRAUN
June 18, 2012, 11:05 pm FIRST-RIGHT OF FREEDOM
June 20, 2012, 9:45 pm ALI: FEAR EATS THE SOUL
June 20, 2012, 11:15 pm FEAR EATS THE SOUL
June 20, 2012, 11:30 pm I DON’T JUST WANT YOU TO LOVE ME
June 25, 2012, 8:15 pm FONTANE – EFFI BRIEST
June 25, 2012, 10:30 pm LOVE IS COLDER THAN DEATH
June 25, 2012, 11:55 pm THE CITY TRAMP
In addition, the Studiocanal group’s DVD label ARTHAUS is bringing out a so-called close-up edition comprising three Fassbinder masterpieces: ALI: FEAR EATS THE SOUL, FONTANE – EFFI BRIEST and LILI MARLEEN. The box set, which has a total running time of 340 minutes, will be available in shops from June 7.
Further information 1 on the commemorative event in Bad Wörishofen.
Further information 2 on the ARTE Fassbinder retrospective.
Further information 3 on the ARTHAUS close-up edition.
Tagesschau year in review for 1982
Photo left: Rainer Werner Fassbinder © RWFF