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Lola (2d-Fassbinder)

Director(s): Rainer Werner Fassbinder

Theatrical Release: 1981

Cast: Barbara Sukowa, Armin Mueller-Stahl, Mario Adorf, Matthias Fuchs, Helga Feddersen, Ivan Desny

Genre(s): Drama, Criterion Collection

Countries: Germany (East/West)


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Running Time: 113m.

Part of Rainer Werner Fassbinder's The Entire History of the German Federal Republic trilogy, Lola stars Barbara Sukowa in the title role, a seductive cabaret singer and dancer in the 1950s who is romantically involved with Von Bohm (Armin Mueller-Stahl), a straight-as-an-arrow building inspector. Recently appointed Building Commissioner, Von Bohm is committed to eradicating corruption. Consequently, he's given quite a shock when he is called into inspect the brothel where Lola works and discovers her dancing there. With that, Von Bohm is left to question whether he is more loyal to the woman he loves so passionately or the career he believes in so strongly. The other entries in the trilogy are Veronika Voss and The Marriage of Maria Braun. — Matthew Tobey (allmovie.com)

Germany in the autumn of 1957: Lola, a seductive cabaret singer-prostitute (Barbara Sukowa) exults in her power as a temptress of men, but she wants out—she wants money, property, and love. Pitting a corrupt building contractor (Mario Adorf) against the new straight-arrow building commissioner (Armin Mueller-Stahl), Lola launches an outrageous plan to elevate herself in a world where everything, and everyone, is for sale. Shot in childlike, candy colors Fassbinder’s homage to Josef Von Sternberg’s classic The Blue Angel stands as a satiric tribute to capitalism.

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Criterion Collection #205 DVD Special Features:

! New high-definition digital transfer, enhanced for widescreen televisions

! Audio commentary by Fassbinder documentarian, biographer, and friend Christian Braad Thomsen

! New video interview with Lola star Barbara Sukowa

! New video interview with Fassbinder co-screenwriter Peter Märthesheimer

! New and improved English subtitle translation

! Optimal image quality: RSDL dual-layer edition

Criterion Collection Bonus Disc Supplements:

! Exclusive video conversation between Fassbinder scholar Laurence Kardish and editor Juliane Lorenz

! I Don’t Just Want You to Love Me, a feature-length documentary of Fassbinder’s life and career

! Life Stories: A conversation with R.W. Fassbinder, a rare 45-minute interview with the director, made for German television

! Exclusive video interview with Fassbinder cinematographer Xaver Schwarzenberger
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