In 1977, German director Rainer Werner Fassbinder was thirty-two years old and had already directed more than twenty-five feature films. That summer, he embarked on a project to trace the postwar history of West Germany in a series of ï¬lms told from the perspectives of three remarkable women. Fassbinderâs The Marriage of Maria Braun, Veronika Voss, and LolaâThe BRD Trilogy, which takes its title from the Bundesrepublik Deutschlandâwould garner him his greatest commercial success, both at home and abroad, and cement his position as one of the foremost figures of the New German Cinema.
Audio commentaries from 2003 featuring filmmaker Wim Wenders and cinematographer Michael Ballhaus (The Marriage of Maria Braun), film critic and author Tony Rayns (Veronika Voss), and film scholar Christian Braad Thomsen (Lola)
Interviews from 2003 with actors Hanna Schygulla, Rosel Zech, and Barbara Sukowa
Interviews from 2003 with cinematographer Xaver Schwarzenberger, screenwriter Peter MÃ¤rthesheimer, and film scholar Eric Rentschler
Life Stories: A Conversation with R. W. Fassbinder, an interview filmed for German television in 1978
I Donât Just Want You to Love Me, a feature-length 1992 documentary on director Rainer Werner Fassbinderâs life and career
Dance with Death, a program from 2000 about Ufa studios star Sybille Schmitz, Fassbinderâs inspiration for the character Veronika Voss
Conversation from 2003 between author and curator Laurence Kardish and film editor Juliane Lorenz