Fassbinder

Fassbinder's mother as Frau Pums and Fassbinder, working on Berlin Alexanderplatz 1979-80 . The cameraman Xaver Schwarzenberger is in the centre of the group behind them. Lilo Pempeit Liselotte Eder. Fassbinder's mother as Frau Pums and Fassbinder, working on Berlin Alexanderplatz 1979-80 . The cameraman Xaver Schwarzenberger is in the centre of the group behind them.

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It would be naive to accept everything Rainer Werner Fassbinder told interviewers about his childhood, but we cannot simply dismiss all these vehemently bitter assertions 'I grew up more or less without parents. I also lived entirely on my own very early - for example between the ages of seven and nine.'1 'As a child I was already what's called manic-depressive.'2 it was a childhood that can't be seen as a childhood in the normal sense It wasn't so much a messed-up childhood as no childhood at...

Acknowledgments

Armin Meier Actor

The first words of thanks must go to Anthony Vivis and Piers Plowright. Anthony Vivis translated Fassbinder's Bremen Coffee, which I directed at Ihe Traverse Theatre Edinburgh and at the Hampstead Theatre Club. He was working for the BBC when 1 suggested a Radio 3 feature on Fassbinder and he passed the idea on to Piers Plowright, who had produced my programmes on Nietzsche, Kafka and the Marquis de Sade. In July 1983 Piers Plowright and I went to Munich, where we recorded interviews with Harry...