Fassbinder's Bundesrepublick Deutschland Trilogy"
Directed by Rainer Werner Fassbinder
In 1978, Rainer Werner Fassbinder began a series of
films that would trace the history of postwar Germany through the eyes of
three women. Called the BRD (Bundesrepublick Deutschland) Trilogy, these
three remarkable films would cement the young director's place in
international cinema. The Marriage of Maria Braun (1978, 120 minutes)
stars Hanna Schygulla as Maria, who marries Hermann Braunn in the last days
of WWII only to have him disappear during the war. She then uses her beauty
and ambition to rise in postwar Germany. Veronika Voss (1982, 104
minutes) tells the story of a Third Reich era starlet (Rosel Zech) who lives
in obscurity in postwar Munich where she is haunted by her past life.
Lola (1981, 113 minutes) sees a seductive cabaret singer/prostitute
(Barbara Sukowa) use her power over men to elevate herself in Germany
society in the late 1950's. The set also contains an additional disc of
supplemental materials, including the documentary on Fassbinder's life, I
Don't Just Want You to Love Me; a rare 45-minute interview with
Fassbinder from German television; and interviews with cinematographer Xaver
Schwarzenberger, scholar Laurence Kardish and editor Juliane Lorenz. All
three films in German with English subtitles.