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January 3, 2011

Lola








Director - Rainer Werner Fassbinder

Genre - Comedy/Drama


Rainer Werner Fassbinder was one of the world's most prolific directors (41 films in 13 years!) and it is amazing to discover the gems he made despite the rapid work ethic he employed. Famously, he only allowed one take and this factor for us is how the honesty of his actors' performances are captured, how his films seem to bluntly mirror the ugly side of human nature. 'Lola', the title refers to a hooker who catches the eye of a goody two shoes building commissioner (Armin Mueller-Stahl). What Fassbinder has portrayed slyly in this picture is his often "half empty glass" view of love. The actress who played Lola (Barbara Sukowa) is just amazing, her various emotions lock and loaded on the pores of her face, ready to be utilized at any moment. Fassbinder had drenched the movie in bold candy colors, a stylistic maneuver which made pretty damn sure its uniqueness remain unquestionable. when an auteur's work is so rich in dishing social commentary and directorial style, you have to give it ample recognition.

4.5 STARS!

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