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    Fassbinder’s Early Years

    By Dorothea Holloway | May 11, 2015

    Ron und ich haben alle Fassbinder-Filme gesehen,und Ron hat immer über die Filme geschrieben, nicht nur in KINO sondern auch in Variety. Aus “Fassbinder’s early years”, das Ronald Holloway kurz nach Fassbinders Tod schrieb, möchte ich noch mehr zitieren (KINO – German Film No: 9, Winter 1982/ 1983):

    RWF left school in 1964 (at 18, before his Abitur), and settled in Munich and Cologne (addresses of his separated parents) to take on odd jobs that might foster or support a film career. He learned directorial technique from the back seat of a movie theatre, modelling his first short, Der Stadtstreicher) (1965), on Eric Rohmer’s Le Signe du Lion (1959) and the second, Das kleine Chaos (1966), on the American gangster movie. Some of his favorite directors and films were Jean-Luc Godard’s Vivre sa Vie (1962), Raoul Walsh’s White Heat (1950), and John Huston’s The Asphalt Jungle (1950), in addition to the films of Rohmer and Howard Hawks. Wolf Gremm’s Fabian (1980), a Regina Ziegler Production based on Erich Kästner’s novel and starring Hans Peter Hallwachs in the title role. The story goes that while Fabian was in production, so too was Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s 14-part tv-serieal, Berlin Alexanderplatz (1980), based on Alfred Döblin’s novel. A soccer-match was scheduled between the two Berlin super-productions, with Gremm himself tending goal for the losing side. Thereafter, the two directors became close friends. Gremm directed Fassbinder in his last role, as the police inspector in Kamikaze (1982).

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