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Fassbinder – To love without demands

FASSBINDER – TO LOVE WITHOUT DEMANDS (Fassbinder – Lieben ohne zu fordern) Christian Braad Thomsen, DK 2015, 107 min

Rainer Werner Fassbinder (1945–1982) is one of the most important German directors and most important representatives of the New German Cinema. From 1969 onwards, Danish director Christian Braad Thomsen maintained a close friendship with Fassbinder. The documentary is based on his personal memories as well as interviews he held with Fassbinder and his mother Lilo Pempeit in the 1970s. The fi lm also contains current interviews with Irm Hermann and Harry Baer.

Christian Braad Thomsen, born in 1940, he made his debut at the Venice Film Festival in 1972 with DEAR IRENE. Alongside feature films he has also directed documentaries about Karen Blixen, amongst others, and has written numerous books about film history greats such as Hitchcock, Pasolini and Godard. In 1984 his LADIES ON THE ROCK received a special screening in the Berlinale Competition. His film THE BLUE MONK won the Carl Theodor Dreyer Prize in Copenhagen in 1999.

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