主演｜奥利弗·马苏奇 / 卡蒂娅·里曼 / 弗里达·洛维萨·哈曼
制片人｜马库斯·季默 / 史提芬·安特 / 乌瓦·舒特
对白语言｜德语 / 法语 / 英语
制片公司｜巴伐利亚电影公司 / X Filme制片公司 / 西德广播公司 / 巴伐利亚广播公司 / 德法公共电视台
Cast｜Oliver Masucci, Katja Riemann, Frida-Lovisa Hamann
Producer｜Markus Zimmer, Stefan Arndt, Uwe Schott
Dialogue｜German, French, English
Production Company｜Bavaria Filmproduktion, X Filme Creative Pool, WDR, BR, Arte
When 22-year-old Rainer Werner Fassbinder storms the stage of the ‘Antitheater’ (Anti-Theatre) in Munich, 1967 and seizes the theatre production without further ado, nobody suspects this brazen nobody to become one of the most important post-war German filmmakers. His passionate and driven character swiftly attracts a bunch of dedicated admirers made up of actors, narcissists and suitors. As if he senses his limited life span, he almost frantically creates film after film. While Fassbinder radically pursues his creative vision and views of society and people, he polarises professionally and privately.
Despite early setbacks, many of his films breakthrough at the most renowned films festivals and are hailed and hated by audience, critics and fellow filmmakers. His anger and his longing for love as well as his self-exploitation, which he also imposes on everyone around him, have made him the most memorable and radical film director, an enfant terrible.
Oskar Roehler started his career as a screenwriter and had his breakthrough with his second feature NO PLACE TO GO (DIE UNBERÜHRBARE; 2000), a very personal portrait of his mother, which premiered in Cannes (Director’s Fortnight) and received the German
Film Award (Lola) for best film. His other award winning films include ANGST (DER ALTE AFFE ANGST, 2003 – Berlinale Official Competition), AGNES AND HIS BROTHERS (AGNES UND SEINE BRÜDER; 2004 –
Venice Orizzonti) as well as his film adaptation of Michel
Houellebecq’s novel ELEMENTARY PARTICLES (ELEMENTARTEILCHEN;
2006 – Berlinale Official Competition). With JEW SUSS: RISE AND FALL (JUD SÜSS – FILM OHNE GEWISSEN; 2010 – Berlinale Official Competition) Oskar created one of his most polarizing films. After SOURCES OF LIFE (DIE QUELLEN DES LEBENS; 2012 – Karlovy Vary Official Competition) and his ‘Masterand Servant’ portrait OUTMASTERED (HERRLICHE ZEITEN; 2018), ENFANT
TERRIBLE is Oskar’s latest film and homage to one of the most legendary and radical German Filmmakers – Rainer Werner Fassbinder.
I felt like Klaus Richter: the first film I saw, was “Händler der vier Jahreszeiten”, I was 12 at the time, and there was a home cinema in the boarding school that could accommodate about 20 people. This film pierced the heart of my twelve-year-old self like a bullet. From then on I sat and waited for the next Fassbinder film to be released. And the wait was not long. Almost every six months, new, small, partly bizarre, partly deep films were published, which aimed their distorting mirror at society, the petty-bourgeois, original reactionary, Germans of the early 1970s, which I at 12-, 13-, 14-year-old could then takeaway deeply impressed by their impact on me. It was a German reality that I had never seen before and that I had never thought about. Fassbinder’s films gave me the tools and the means to do so. As a result, I started my first attempt at writing early on. These films were a great blessing within the deserted film industry of Germany. And when I went to Berlin at 19-years-old on the hunt of the collapsing modern structures and that legendary Fassbinder, who was still almost a professional youth at the time, he was in his mid-thirties, and I soon went to the places where I could be close to my idol and his stars, Ingrid Caven, Kurt Raab, Volker Spengler and many more, who got drunk in the Paris bar and in the Bermuda Triangle around Savignyplatz and where they celebrated their extravagant parties, and “pressed my nose against the glass” because I didn’t dare to go in at first. I later got to know some of them and had the honor of shooting with them himself. What made Fassbinder and his friends so famous and notorious was the fact that they had managed to mix up the cultural landscape with their poisonous cocktail of most different films, so much so that international fame had already dawned on them. They were a gay group of gamblers, thesbians, and parttime actors who achieved this, a colorful bunch that came from everywhere: the deepest Bavarian province to the original stars of the UFA. The big shot amongst them, young Fassbinder, was the only rock star in German Cinema at the time as well as to this day, who ultimately only appeared in sunglasses with mirrored glass, completely dressed in leather and a poker face, always flanked by two bodyguards, also dressed in leather. He got away with devastating hotel rooms in Cannes, appointing stars and dropping others and eventually ended up destroying his own life with everyone watching. He brought the eccentricity and the liberation of the gay avant-garde scene into German cinema and into the German cultural scene, even with the many films that had nothing to do with this topic, to symbolize, aestheticize and at the same time update the form. The topics were always new and contemporary with the really good films. His melodrama “In a year with thirteen moons” was unique, it played with poetic and theatrical means and exaggerated them. Fassbinder originally came from the theatre world, and you could tell. He told social parablesin as strict a manner as Brecht. Mother Küster is just one example. Fassbinder had the kind of rock and roll in his blood which you can’t buy. He made everyone famous. And fame was important too – to gain fame from an outsider position through ingenuity and to get into the key position of international cinematic attention. Andy Warhol, Jane Fonda, Dirk Bogarde. He searched ever higher, his films became increasingly hermetic and crazier, and he himself progressively broke. He had so much to work through personally and with German society, that a single life, however intense, simply wasn’t enough. The big circus, the limelight, the drugs, the legends he created finally devoured him. For me, he was a comet in the night-sky of Berlin, a bright neon sign fluttering in the wind, a monolith that invented bright colors to stage itself, but which was actually made of the cold, gray bedrock of post-war German society. With all the dark thoughts, the pessimism, the self-doubts that went with it. Every broken hero of his stories who perished himself was a fragment of Fassbinder. And with each of them he died a little more. In the end he died like real rock and rollers do, burned out with his life in shards and extremely lonely. He burned friendships in the furnace of his productivity and moved on. “Corpses paved” his way. We owe 39 films to him. Everything was there: from the breathtaking melodrama to wonderful evil black comedies to the great social dramas. Every film was different, almost every film a surprise. He was not infallible.
It wasn’t his aim to make perfect films. He was too impulsive for that, ultimately too emotional. He had to put life in order to make these real-life films. That was the crux. He had no retreat where he could have crawled like the others. Art and life were completely intertwined.
He was a very young man with great wisdom and humor. He was the unique, the formative among German film directors and authors.
Everything for art and living as if there was no tomorrow. Living by this motto means not getting old. Fassbinder was spared the hassle of being a veteran, just repeating himself and doing boring stuff. He died at the height of his creative glory – at the age of 37.