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Understanding Rainer Werner Fassbinder

Film as Private and Public Art



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Understanding Rainer Werner Fassbinder by Wallace Steadman Watson
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Understanding Rainer Werner Fassbinder introduces scholars and students to the controversial and prolific but brief career of a filmmaker hailed as one of the New German Cinema's most talented exponents. Combining a chronological survey with a thematic exploration, Wallace Steadman Watson reviews the entirety of Fassbinder's artistic output, focusing specifically on fifteen of the filmmaker's thirty-eight feature-length works. Watson's interpretations of these films, all of which he studied in Germany, scrutinise the financial constraints, material conditions, and script development involved in their production.Watson draws on a wide assortment of Fassbinder interviews-many of which are not available in English-and on theoretical and critical approaches employed in the Frankfort School, performance and reception theories, gay and lesbian film theory, and studies of melodrama and camp. Watson also incorporates his own interviews with Fassbinder's mother and with the woman who served as Fassbinder's film editor and companion during the final four years of his life.

Author Biography

Wallace Steadman Watson is a professor of English at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, USA where he teaches film and modern British and European literature
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February 28th, 1996
Country of Publication
United States
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University of South Carolina Press
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