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RW Fassbinder

Lili Marleen

The only Fassbinder film set in the Third Reich, this forbidden love story focuses on recording star Willie Bunterberg.

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W Germany 1980
Dir Rainer Werner Fassbinder
With Hanna Schygulla, Giancarlo Giannini, Mel Ferrer
120min
35mm
English subtitles
Certificate 15

Loosely based on Lale Andersen’s memoirs, Fassbinder’s only film set in the Third Reich chronicles the career of recording star Willie Bunterberg (Schygulla) who wows the troops with her famous hit song while secretly pining for her Jewish lover. With a lavish budget at his disposal, Fassbinder explores the nature of fascist spectacle in all its brutish, tawdry glamour.

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