Chaos as Usual: Conversations About Rainer Werner Fassbinder by Marion Schmid, Herbert Gehr, Juliane Lorenz

By Marion Schmid, Herbert Gehr, Juliane Lorenz

(Applause Books). Rainer Werner Fassbiner left at the back of a literary and cinematic legacy which holds a special position within the heritage of ecu movie and within the tradition of the 20 th century. It developed because the expression of an period, among 1966 and 1982, in a rustic which used to be then one other Germany and which now not exists.

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Again it was Irm, Rainer, Willi, and myself -a wonderfully creative time. Rainer was writing a new play, Preparadise Sorry Now, with Willi making contributions along the way. Then we moved from Nordliche Auffahrtsallee, which was becoming too cramped for us, to Stollbergstrasse in the center of town. For the first time we became a large commune. There were Rainer, Willi, Gottfried Hungsberg, Ingrid Caven -who was living with Gottfried at the time - and myself. Irm did not move in with us. I honestly don't know why.

Rainer, with his brilliant awareness, inspired us, pushed us ahead. If ever anyone gave testimony about Germany, it was Rainer. He made up for what the defunct German cinema -with the exception of Helmut Kautner and Wolfgang Staudte - failed to express in the fifties and sixties. Yet there was something distant, something Mongolian ... Chinese about him. Something very remote. I often told him that. " I thought of him as an ancient Chinese, or an old Chinese woman, or a very young Chinese child.

Through Peter Lilienthal I met so many interesting people who lived in Munich that I decided to move there, too. I shared a large apartment on Friedrichstrasse with Werner, Ingrid Caven, Magdalena Montezuma, and Ila von Hasperg. Those encounters with the circle around Rainer and Werner Schroeter became a sort of trigger for me. What did you mainly talk about? Movies? Movies? No, we never talked about movies. We talked about life! Rainer was filming The Merchant of Four Seasons, in which I played a small part.

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