Rainer Werner Fassbinder

Fassbinder in 1980 Rainer Werner Fassbinder (; 31 May 1945 – 10 June 1982), sometimes credited as R. W. Fassbinder, was a West German filmmaker, actor, playwright, theatre director, composer, cinematographer, editor, and essayist. He is widely regarded as a prominent figure and catalyst of the New German Cinema movement.

His first feature-length film was a gangster movie called ''Love Is Colder Than Death'' (1969); he scored his first domestic commercial success with ''The Merchant of Four Seasons'' (1972) and his first international success with ''Ali: Fear Eats the Soul'' (1974), both of which are considered masterpieces by contemporary critics. Big-budget projects such as ''Despair'' (1978), ''Lili Marleen'' and ''Lola'' (both 1981) followed.

His greatest success came with ''The Marriage of Maria Braun'' (1979), chronicling the rise and fall of a German woman in the wake of World War II. Other notable films include ''The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant'' (1972), ''Fox and His Friends'' (1975), ''Satan's Brew'' (1976), ''In a Year with 13 Moons'' (1978), and ''Querelle'' (1982), all of which focused on gay and lesbian themes.

Fassbinder died on 10 June 1982, at age 37, from a lethal cocktail of cocaine and barbiturates. His career lasted less than two decades, but he was extremely prolific; he completed over 40 feature films, two television series, three short films, four video productions, and 24 plays.

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