Rainer Werner Fassbinder January 23–March 20, 1997
The Museum of Modern Art
11 West 53 Street, New York

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1997

Thursday, January 23

Special Opening Night Event
7:00

A Celebration of Rainer Werner Fassbinder. Performances and appearances by artists and crew from Fassbinder's films, including Margit Carstensen, Irm Hermann, Juliane Lorenz, Hanna Schygulla, Barbara Sukowa, and Rosel Zech, with Udo Kier acting as master of ceremonies.

Followed by the world premiere of Rainer Werner Fassbinder. 1977. West Germany. Florian Hopf. A documentary about the filmmaker, with clips of him as an actor and on the sets of his films. English version. 35 min.

Friday, January 24
6:00 Händler der vier Jahreszeiten (Merchant of Four Seasons). 1971. West Germany. Written and directed by R. W. Fassbinder. With Hans Hirschmüller, Irm Hermann, Hanna Schygulla. New print. In German, English subtitles. Courtesy New Yorker Films. 89 min.

8:00 Die Ehe der Maria Braun (The Marriage of Maria Braun). 1978. West Germany. R. W. Fassbinder. With Hanna Schygulla, Klaus Löwitsch, Gottfried John. New print. In German, English subtitles. Courtesy New Yorker Films. 120 min.

Saturday, January 25
2:00 Der Stadtstreicher (The City Tramp). 1966. West Germany. Written and directed by R. W. Fassbinder. With Christoph Roser. New print. In German, English subtitles. 10 min.

Das kleine Chaos (The Little Chaos). 1967. West Germany. Written and directed by R. W. Fassbinder. With Christoph Roser, Fassbinder. New print. In German, English subtitles. 9 min.

Die Bräutigam, die Komödiantin und der Zuhälter (The Bridegroom, The Comedienne and The Pimp). 1968. West Germany. Jean-Marie Straub. With Fassbinder, Hanna Schygulla. In German, English subtitles. Courtesy New Yorker Films. 23 min.

Liebe ist kälter als der Tod (Love is Colder than Death). 1969. West Germany. Written and directed by R. W. Fassbinder. With Ulli Lommel, Hanna Schygulla, Fassbinder. New print. In German, English subtitles. 88 min.

Total running time 130 min.
5:00 Katzelmacher. 1969. West Germany. Written and directed by R. W. Fassbinder. With Fassbinder, Hanna Schygulla, Harry Baer. New print. In German, English subtitles. Courtesy New Yorker Films. 88 min.

Sunday, January 26
2:00 Götter der Pest (Gods of the Plague). 1969. West Germany. Written and directed by R. W. Fassbinder. With Harry Baer, Hanna Schygulla, Günther Kaufmann. In German, English subtitles. Courtesy New Yorker Films. 91 min.

5:00 Warum läuft Herr R. Amok? (Why Does Herr R. Run Amok?) 1969. West Germany. Written and directed by R. W. Fassbinder and Michael Fengler. With Kurt Raab, Lilith Ungerer, Hanna Schygulla. New print. In German, English subtitles. Courtesy New Yorker Films. 88 min.

Monday, January 27
2:30 Katzelmacher. See Saturday, January 25, at 5:00.

6:00 Der Stadtstreicher (The City Tramp)/Das kleine Chaos (The Little Chaos)/Die Bräutigam, die Komödiantin und der Zuhälter (The Bridegroom, The Comedienne and The Pimp)/Liebe ist kälter als der Tod (Love is Colder than Death). See Saturday, January 25, at 2:00.

Tuesday, January 28
2:30 Why Does Herr R. Run Amok? See Sunday, January 26, at 5:00.

6:00 Gods of the Plague. See Sunday, January 26, at 2:00.

Thursday, January 30
2:30 Rio das Mortes. 1970. West Germany. R. W. Fassbinder. With Hanna Schygulla, Michael König, Günther Kaufmann. New print. In German, English subtitles. 84 min.

6:00 Whity. 1970. West Germany/Spain. Written and directed by R. W. Fassbinder. With Günther Kaufmann, Hanna Schygulla, Ulli Lommel. New print. In German, English subtitles. 95 min.

8:00 Die Niklashauser Fart (The Niklashausen Journey). 1970. West Germany. Written and directed by R. W. Fassbinder and Michael Fengler. With Michael König, Fassbinder, Hanna Schygulla. New print. In German, English subtitles. 86 min.

Friday, January 31
2:30 Der Amerikanische Soldat (The American Soldier). 1970. West Germany. Written and directed by R. W. Fassbinder. With Karl Scheydt, Elga Sorbas, Jan George. In German, English subtitles. Courtesy New Yorker Films. 80 min.

6:00 Warnung vor einer heiligen Nutte (Beware of a Holy Whore). 1970. West Germany/Italy. Written and directed by R. W. Fassbinder. With Eddie Constantine, Lou Castel, Fassbinder. In German, English subtitles. Courtesy Leisure Time Features. 103 min.

8:00 Pioniere in Ingolstadt (Recruits in Ingolstadt). 1970. West Germany. Written and directed by R. W. Fassbinder; based on the play by Marieluise Fleisser. With Hanna Schygulla, Harry Baer, Irm Hermann. New print. In German, English subtitles. 84 min.

Saturday, February 1
2:00 Merchant of Four Seasons. See Friday, January 24, at 6:00.

5:00 Die bitteren Tränen der Petra von Kant (The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant). 1972. West Germany. Written and directed by R. W. Fassbinder. With Margit Carstensen, Hanna Schygulla, Irm Hermann. New print. In German, English subtitles. Courtesy New Yorker Films. 124 min.

Sunday, February 2
2:00 The Niklashausen Journey. See Thursday, January 30, at 8:00.

5:00 Rio das Mortes. See Thursday, January 30, at 2:30.

Monday, February 3
2:30 Beware of a Holy Whore. See Friday, January 31, at 6:00.

6:00 Whity. See Thursday, January 30, at 6:00.

Tuesday, February 4
2:30 The American Soldier. See Friday, January 31, at 2:30.

6:00 Recruits in Ingolstadt. See Friday, January 31, at 8:00.

Thursday, February 6
2:30 Martha. 1973. West Germany. R. W. Fassbinder. Written by Fassbinder; based on the novel by Cornell Woolrich. With Margit Carstensen, Karlheinz Böhm, Ingrid Caven. In German, English subtitles. 112 min.

8:15 Das Kaffeehaus (The Coffeehouse). 1970. West Germany. R. W. Fassbinder. Adapted by Fassbinder from the play by Carlo Goldini. With Margit Carstensen, Ingrid Caven, Hanna Schygulla. In German, no English subtitles. Video. 105 min.

Friday, February 7
2:30 Wildwechsel (Jail Bait). 1972. West Germany. R. W. Fassbinder. Written by Fassbinder; based on the play by Franz Xaver Kroetz. With Eva Mattes, Harry Baer, Jörg von Liebenfels. In German, English subtitles. 102 min.

6:30 Welt am Draht (World on a Wire). 1973. R. W. Fassbinder. Written by Fritz Müller-Scherz and Fassbinder; based on the novel by Daniel Galouyé. With Klaus Löwitsch, Mascha Elm Rabben, Adrian Hoven. New print. In German, English subtitles. 205 min.

Saturday, February 8
1:00 Bremer Freiheit (Bremen Freedom). 1972. West Germany. R. W. Fassbinder. Written by Fassbinder and Dietrich Lohmann; based on Fassbinder's play. With Margit Carstensen, Ulli Lommel, Hanna Schygulla. In German, English subtitles. 87 min.

3:00 World on a Wire. See Friday, February 7, at 6:30.

Sunday, February 9
2:00 Angst essen Seele auf (Ali: Fear Eats the Soul). 1973. West Germany. Written and directed by R. W. Fassbinder. Suggested in part by the Douglas Sirk film All that Heaven Allows. With Brigitte Mira, El Hedi ben Salem, Barbara Valentin. New print. In German, English subtitles. Courtesy New Yorker Films. 93 min.

Monday, February 10
2:30 Fontane Effi Briest (Effi Briest). 1974. West Germany. R. W. Fassbinder. Written by Fassbinder; based on the novel by Theodor Fontane. With Hanna Schygulla, Karlheinz Böhm, Ulli Lommel. In German, English subtitles. Courtesy New Yorker Films. 141 min.

6:00 Martha. See Thursday, February 6, at 2:30.

Tuesday, February 11
2:30 Angst vor der Angst (Fear of Fear). 1975. West Germany. Written and directed by R. W. Fassbinder. With Margit Carstensen, Ulrich Faulhaber, Brigitte Mira. New print. In German, English subtitles. 88 min.

6:00 Jail Bait. See Friday, February 7, at 2:30.

Thursday, February 13
2:30 Mutter Küsters Fahrt zum Himmel (Mother Küsters Goes to Heaven). 1975. West Germany. R. W. Fassbinder. Written by Fassbinder and Kurt Raab. With Brigitte Mira, Ingrid Caven, Karlheinz Böhm. New print. In German, English subtitles. This print includes both the "happy" (American) and "radical" (German) endings. Courtesy New Yorker Films. 134 min.

6:00 Bremen Freedom. See Saturday, February 8, at 1:00.

8:00 Effi Briest. See Monday, February 10, at 2:30.

Friday, February 14
6:00 Ali: Fear Eats the Soul. See Sunday, February 9, at 2:00.

8:00 Faustrecht der Freiheit (Fox and His Friends). 1974. West Germany. R. W. Fassbinder. Written by Fassbinder and Christian Hohoff. With Fassbinder, Peter Chatel, Karlheinz Böhm. In German, English subtitles. Courtesy New Yorker Films. 123 min.

Saturday, February 15
2:00 Ich will doch nur, dass Ihr mich liebt (I Only Want You to Love Me). 1975. West Germany. R. W. Fassbinder. Adapted by Fassbinder from a book of interviews conducted by Klaus Antes and Christiane Erhardt. With Vitus Zeplichal, Elke Aberle, Alexander Allerson. In German, English subtitles. Courtesy Leisure Time Features, New York. 104 min.

5:00 Fear of Fear. See Tuesday, February 11, at 2:30.

Sunday, February 16
2:00 Fox and His Friends. See Thursday, February 14, at 8:00.

5:00 Mother Küsters Goes to Heaven. See Thursday, February 13, at 2:30.

Monday, February 17
2:00 I Only Want You to Love Me. See Saturday, February 15, at 2:00.

5:00 Satansbraten (Satan's Brew). 1976. West Germany. Written and directed by R. W. Fassbinder. With Kurt Raab, Margit Carstensen, Volker Spengler. In German, English subtitles. Courtesy Leisure Time Features, New York. 113 min.

Tuesday, February 18
2:30 Satan's Brew. See Monday, February 17, at 5:00.

6:00 Chinesisches Roulette (Chinese Roulette). 1976. West Germany. Written and directed by R. W. Fassbinder. With Margit Carstensen, Anna Karina, Ulli Lommel. New print. In German, English subtitles. 86 min.

Thursday, February 20
2:30 Chinese Roulette. See Tuesday, February 18, at 6:00.

6:00 Der dritte Generation (The Third Generation). 1979. West Germany. Written and directed by R. W. Fassbinder. With Volker Spengler, Bulle Ogier, Hanna Schygulla. New print. In German, English subtitles. Courtesy New Yorker Films. 110 min.

8:00 The Stationmaster's Wife. 1983. West Germany. R. W. Fassbinder. Adapted by Fassbinder from the novel by Oskar Maria Graf. With Elisabeth Trissenaar, Kurt Raab, Udo Kier. Theatrical edit of a two-part television production. In German, new English subtitles. Courtesy New Yorker Films. 112 min.

Friday, February 21
2:30 The Stationmaster's Wife. See Thursday, February 20, at 8:00.



6:00 Lili Marleen. 1980. West Germany. R. W. Fassbinder. Adapted by Fassbinder from screenplays by Joshua Sinclair and Manfred Purzer. Based on Lale Anderson's autobiography. With Hanna Schygulla, Giancarlo Giannini, Mel Ferrer. Original version, in English. 120 min.

8:15 Despair (Despair—Eine reise ins Licht). 1977. West Germany. R. W. Fassbinder. Written by Tom Stoppard; based on the novel by Vladimir Nabokov. With Dirk Bogarde, Andrea Ferréol, Volker Spengler. Original version, in English. 119 min.

Saturday, February 22
2:00 In einem Jahr mit 13 Monden (In a Year of 13 Moons). 1978. Written and directed by R. W. Fassbinder. With Volker Spengler, Ingrid Caven, Gottfriend John. New print. In German, English subtitles. Courtesy New Yorker Films. 124 min.

5:00 The Marriage of Maria Braun. See Friday, January 24, at 8:00.

Sunday, February 23
2:00 Despair. See Friday, February 21, at 8:15.

5:00 The Third Generation. See Thursday, February 20, at 6:00.

Monday, February 24
2:30 Lola. 1981. West Germany. R. W. Fassbinder. With Barbara Sukowa, Armin Mueller-Stahl, Mario Adorf. New print. In German, English subtitles. 113 min.

6:00 In a Year of 13 Moons. See Saturday, February 22, at 2:00.

Tuesday, February 25
2:30 Querelle. 1982. West Germany/France. R. W. Fassbinder. Adapted by Fassbinder from the novel by Jean Genet. With Brad Davis, Jeanne Moreau, Franco Nero. Original English version. 106 min.

6:00 Deutschland im Herbst (Germany in Autumn). 1978. West Germany. A "collective" film in several episodes by thirteen German directors and writers, including R. W. Fassbinder. Fassbinder's section features the filmmaker, his mother, and his lover. In German, English subtitles. Courtesy Leisure Time Features, New York. 125 min.

Thursday, February 27
2:30 Die Sehnsucht der Veronika Voss (Veronika Voss). 1982. West Germany. R. W. Fassbinder. With Rosel Zech, Hilmar Thate, Cornelia Froboess. In German, English subtitles. 104 min.

6:00 Lola. See Monday, February 24, at 2:30.

8:15 Lili Marleen. SeeFriday, February 21, at 6:00.

Friday, February 28
2:30 Theater in Trance. 1981. West Germany. R. W. Fassbinder. Documentary in fourteen parts about the 1981 World Theater Festival in Cologne, including footage of many dance and theater companies in performance. Includes Fassbinder reading in German from Antonin Artaud's The Theater and Its Double. 91 min.

6:00 Veronika Voss. See Thursday, February 27 at 2:30.

8:00 Querelle. See Tuesday, February 25, at 2:30.

Saturday, March 1
2:30 Germany in Autumn. See Tuesday, February 25, at 6:00.

5:00 Theater in Trance. See Friday, February 28, at 2:30.

Sunday, March 2
1:00 Bolwieser. 1977. West Germany. R. W. Fassbinder. Adapted by Fassbinder from the novel by Oskar Maria Graf. With Kurt Raab, Elisabeth Trissenaar, Bernhard Helfrich. Made for television, in two parts. In German, no English subtitles. Video. 500 min.

5:00 The Making of Berlin Alexanderplatz. 1980. West Germany. A documentary about the making of R. W. Fassbinder's film version of Alfred Döblin's novel Berlin Alexanderplatz. English version.

Monday, March 3
1:00 Berlin Alexanderplatz. 1980. West Germany/Italy. R. W. Fassbinder. Adapted by Fassbinder from the novel by Alfred Döblin. With Günter Lamprecht, Hanna Schygulla, Barbara Sukowa. In thirteen parts and an epilogue. In German, English subtitles. Parts 1–3. Total running time: 199 min.

6:00 Berlin Alexanderplatz. Parts 1–3. See 1:00 above.

Tuesday, March 4
1:00 Berlin Alexanderplatz. Parts 4–7. Total running time: 4 hours.

6:00 Berlin Alexanderplatz. Parts 4–7. Total running time: 4 hours.

Thursday, March 6
1:00 Berlin Alexanderplatz. Parts 8–11. Total running time: 4 hours.

6:00 Berlin Alexanderplatz. Parts 8–11. Total running time: 4 hours.

Friday, March 7
1:00 Berlin Alexanderplatz. Parts 12–13, Epilogue. Total running time: 4 hours.

6:00 Berlin Alexanderplatz. Parts 12–13, Epilogue. Total running time: 4 hours.

Saturday, March 8
1:00 Berlin Alexanderplatz. Parts 1–7. Total running time: 7.5 hours.

Sunday, March 9
1:00 Berlin Alexanderplatz. Parts 8–13, Epilogue. Total running time: 8 hours.

Thursday, March 13
6:00 Acht Stunden sind kein Tag (Eight Hours Don't Make a Day). 1972. West Germany. Written and directed by R. W. Fassbinder. With Gottfried John, Hanna Schygulla, Luise Ullrich. Made for television in five episodes. In German, no English subtitles. Episodes 1–2. Total running time: 3.5 hours.

Friday, March 14
6:00 Eight Hours Don't Make a Day. See Thursday, March 13, at 6:00. In German, no English subtitles. Episodes 3–5. Total running time: 4.5 hours.

Saturday, March 15
1:00 Bourbon Street Blues. 1978. West Germany. Made by the students of the Film and Television Academy, Munich, under the direction of Douglas Sirk. Adapted from Tennessee Williams's short play The Lady of Larkspur. With R. W. Fassbinder, Annemarie Düringer, Doris Schade. In German, no English subtitles. 24 min.

Wie ein Vogel auf dem Draht (Like a Bird on a Wire). 1974. West Germany. R. W. Fassbinder. Written by Fassbinder and Christian Hohoff. A "variety" show with Brigitte Mira and Evelyn Künneke. In German, no English subtitles. Video. 44 min.

2:30 Nora Helmer. 1973. West Germany. R. W. Fassbinder. Adapted from Henrik Ibsen's play A Doll's House. With Margit Carstensen, Joachim Hansen, Ulli Lommel. In German, no English subtitles. 101 min.

5:00 Frauen in New York (Women in New York). 1977. West Germany. R. W. Fassbinder. Adapted from Clare Booth Luce's play The Women. With Margit Carstensen, Barbara Sukowa, Christa Brendl. In German, no subtitles. Video. 111 min.

Sunday, March 16
2:00 The Coffehouse. See Thursday, February 6, at 8:15.

5:00 Bourbon Street/Like a Bird on a Wire. See Saturday, March 15 at 1:00.

Thursday, March 20
6:00 Nora Helmer. See Friday, March 15, at 2:30.

8:00 Women in New York. See Friday, March 15, at 5:00