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The anarchy of the imagination : interviews, essays, notes

Author: Rainer Werner Fassbinder; Michael Töteberg; Leo A Lensing
Publisher: Baltimore : Johns Hopkins University Press, ©1992.
Series: PAJ books.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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In Rainer Werner Fassbinder's A Year of Thirteen Moons, the camera watches the prostitute Red Zora as she watches Fassbinder in a television interview. The actress is Ingrid Caven, the director's former wife and the woman with whom he claims to have his most important "elective affinity." At once provocative and revealing, the scene illustrates Fassbinder's interest in blurring the boundaries between art and life,
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Fassbinder, Rainer Werner, 1945-1982.
Anarchy of the imagination.
Baltimore : Johns Hopkins University Press, c1992
(OCoLC)608908561
Named Person: Rainer Werner Fassbinder; Rainer Werner Fassbinder
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Rainer Werner Fassbinder; Michael Töteberg; Leo A Lensing
ISBN: 0801843685 9780801843686 0801843693 9780801843693
OCLC Number: 24910980
Language Note: Translations of: Filme befreien den Kopf and Die Anarchie der Phantasie.
Notes: Translation of: Filme befreien den Kopf and Die Anarchie der Phantasis.
Description: xxi, 251 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
Contents: Pt. I. Cinema between Autobiography and Social Criticism. "The kind of rage I feel": A Conversation with Joachim von Mengershausen about Love Is Colder than Death. "At some point films have to stop being films": A Conversation with Hans Gunther Pflaum about Fear Eats the Soul. "I've changed along with the characters in my films": A Discussion with Hella Schlumberger about Work and Love, the Exploitability of Feelings, and the Longing for Utopia. "This is the only way we can do films here: by making them without worrying about losing money": A Conversation with Wolfram Schutte about The Third Generation, Cinematic Politics, and a Strategy against Resignation. "Reacting to what you experience": Ernst Burkel Talks with Douglas Sirk and Rainer Werner Fassbinder.
Series Title: PAJ books.
Other Titles: Filme befreien den Kopf.
Responsibility: Rainer Werner Fassbinder ; edited by Michael Töteberg and Leo A. Lensing ; translated from the German by Krishna Winston.

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In Rainer Werner Fassbinder's A Year of Thirteen Moons, the camera watches the prostitute Red Zora as she watches Fassbinder in a television interview. The actress is Ingrid Caven, the director's former wife and the woman with whom he claims to have his most important "elective affinity." At once provocative and revealing, the scene illustrates Fassbinder's interest in blurring the boundaries between art and life, between fiction and autobiography. His public comments - like his films and plays - were occasions for aesthetic experimentation rich in irony and drama.

The Anarchy of the Imagination collects Fassbinder's most important interviews, essays, and working notes - nearly all presented here for the first time in English. They are an indispensable record of the self-understanding and self-stylization of this major artist, one of the most influential cultural figures to emerge from postwar Germany. Fassbinder's essays and other writings commanded a degree of public attention rarely achieved by film makers in the United States. His articles appeared in major newspapers such as the Frankfurter Rundschau and Die Zeit, where they both influenced the cultural scene and intervened in the acrimonious debates on terrorism and anti-Semitism that swept West Germany in the late 1970s and early 1980s.

Whether Fassbinder is reflecting on his own work or writing about fellow film makers, whether he is describing his discovery of actress Hanna Schygulla or speaking out in favor of political film making, his perspective is radical, subjective, and challenging. The writings in this volume are not only about films, but about love, longing, dependency, repressed wishes, and dreams. They are an essential part of Fassbinder's legacy, the remarkable body of work in which present-day German reality finds brilliant expression.

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