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RW Fassbinder

Lola

Fantastically vulgar update of The Blue Angel set in late 1950s West Germany.

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W Germany 1981
Dir Rainer Werner Fassbinder
With Barbara Sukowa, Armin Mueller-Stahl, Mario Adorf
113min
Digital 4K (in NFT1 only)
English subtitles
Certificate 15

This brilliant updating of The Blue Angel captures the sleazy vulgarity and sheer vitality of late 1950s West Germany. Lola (Sukowa), a nightclub singer and mistress of a corrupt property tycoon, sets out to seduce her lover’s chief opponent, the idealistic new town planner (Mueller-Stahl). Brace yourself for schmaltzy ballads, garish lighting and a candy-coloured world of illusions.

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