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Thursday, December 2, 2010


G P Ramachandran
The more real things get, the more like myths they become. There
have always been
myths, but the myths of earlier times were, I’m
convinced, bad ones, because they made
people sick. So certainly,
if we can tell evil stories to make people sick, we can also tell
myths that make them well.
Rainer Werner Fassbinder
Rainer Werner Fassbinder (1945-1982), director,
scriptwriter, and actor, is an iconic figure of German
cinema. Fassbinder is described as the “enfant terrible”
of German cinema. It was Fassbinder, Werner Herzog,
and Volker Schlondorff who gained international
attention with New German Cinema in the vacuum after
many leading talents left Nazi Germany.  Thomas
Elsaesser describes Fassbinder’s work as the “cinema of
vicious circles”. Fassbinder himself famously defined
cinema as “a holy whore.” Fassbinder’s life and cinema
are deeply intertwined: it was as if he shot to worldwide
fame from a dark existence. While moralists sat judgment
on his bisexuality and his indulgence in drugs, film-
lovers and critics held his work close to heart

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