1981 / 115 min. / AA
Director: Rainer Werner Fassbinder
Cast: Barbara Sukowa; Armin Mueller-Stahl; Mario Adorf

Ladies of Burlesque: LOLA – 35mm!

Friday November 30, 2018

Preshow 7:30. Film 8:00

One of the most revered films directed by New Germany’s celebrated enfant-terrible R.W. Fassbinder, 1981’s LOLA is a mesmerizing, feverish, erotic satire of postwar capitalism in the years identified by the director as “more or less the most amoral period that Germany ever experienced.” An homage to the Dietrich-starring, von Sternberg-directed THE BLUE ANGEL, the film is also a loving tribute to the mid-century melodrama of Douglas Sirk and the Technicolor wonders of Warner Brothers. A visual icon of the 1980s, Xaver Schwarzenberger’s unrelenting cinematography casts LOLA as a vivid cornucopia of aggressive neon hues married with candy-coated pastels—a beautiful paring with Fassbinder’s patented brand of romantic anarchy.

The final film in his famed BRD (Bundesrepublik Deutschland) trilogy—with THE MARRIAGE OF MARIA BRAUN and VERONIKA VOSS preceding it—LOLA stars the luminous, now legendary actress Barbara Sukowa in one of her earliest roles. Sukowa plays Marie-Louise aka Lola, a cabaret singer and prostitute who is the star attraction of a prominent West Germany brothel in the mid-1950s. Managed by her pimp, a prosperous and corrupt building contractor (Mario Adorf), Lola encounters conflict when the newly-installed building commissioner Herr von Bohm falls in love with her. Pitting the two men against each other, she wields her sexual prowess to attain financial prosperity during the country’s famed “economic miracle.”

Decadent, salacious, and ultimately, if not contradictorily heartwarming, LOLA is a true masterpiece of the New German movement, and a crown jewel within Fassbinder’s monumental and controversial body of work.

Presented in 35mm

Featuring a burlesque performance by Dottie Champagne

Co-presented with Neon Dreams Cinema Club

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