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Fassbinder – To Love Without Demands

Christian Braad Thomsen
Fassbinder: at elske uden at kræve
Denmark 2015 / 109’

When he died at the age of 37, Rainer Werner Fassbinder had made 40 feature films, 26 stage plays, a monumental television series and had appeared in countless amazing roles. He was the most prolific and one of the most important directors in post-war Germany. It is impossible to separate his rich creative work from his private life: both were characterized by an extraordinary intensity. Addiction, violence, and emotional blackmail were part of the everyday life of the actors with whom he built something of a commune or a foster family. His lovers, of both sexes, ended up on screen sooner or later. Fassbinder: To Love Without Demands is neither a biopic nor a critical essay; it is, rather, a psychoanalytical session conducted by his long-time friend. The basis of the film is a previously unknown interview that Fassbinder gave in Cannes in 1978, in which he speaks rather candidly about politics, creativity, psychoanalysis, and his own complicated family relations. The film also includes contemporary conversations with those who were close to him. The result is a portrait of a man driven by contradictions, by a cocktail of alcohol and drugs, and, more than anything, by passion.

Ewa Szabłowska

Christian Braad Thomsen

Born in 1940, Christian Braad Thomsen is a Danish director, producer, screenwriter, and film critic. His debut film, Dear Irene, was screened at the Venice Film Festival. In addition to feature films, he has also made a number of documentaries, including about Karen Blixen and Dušan Makavejev. He has also authored a number of books about great figures from the world of cinema: Hitchcock, Pasolini, Godard, and Fassbinder.

Selected filmography

1971 Kære Irene / Dear Irene

1981 Kniven i hjertet / Stab in the Heart

1983 Koks i kulissen / Ladies on the Rocks

1996 Karen Blixen – storyteller

2006 Marilyn Mazur – Queen of Percussion

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Cast & Crew

director Christian Braad Thomsen
screenplay Christian Braad Thomsen
cinematography Bente Petersen, Dirk Brüel, Gregers Nielsen and archival footage
editing Grete Møldrup
music Peer Raben, Joachim Witt
cast Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Irm Hermann, Harry Baer, Andrea Schober, Lilo Pempeit, Margit Carstensen
producer Christian Braad Thomsen
production Kollektiv Film
sales Kollektiv Film
colouration colour