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 Baer, Rudolf Waldemar Brem, Liselotte Eder (Fassbinder's mother), Michael Fengler, Johanna Hofer, Eva Mattes, Kurt Raab, Peer Raben, Dieter Schidor, Thomas Schiihly, Ursula Stratz, Laurens Straub, Barbara Sukowa, Margarctha von Trotta and Rosel Zech. Back in London

1 recorded an interview with Tony Rayns, who had edited the first book in English on Fassbinder, and, returning to Munich in December, L talked to Fran Eder, Renate Leiffer, Juiiane Lorenz, Peer Raben and Dieter Schidor. Then, in February 1984, I had a conversation in London with Mrs Maria Saekel-Jelkmann. But for the kindness of these co-operative people, neither the radio programme nor the book would have been possible.

I should like to thank Helga Rulf and the librarians of the Goethe Institut in London and Elizabeth Vetter of the Goethe Institut in Munich, who let me see videotapes of many Fassbinder films I had missed.

I must acknowledge my indebtedness to the books listed in the bibliography, especially to the book by Kurt Raab, the most detailed of the memoirs to have appeared in German, and to the Fassbinder book in the Film Reihe

2 series, which contains valuable criticism and an excellent filmography.

I am indebted to my editor at Weidenfeld, Anne Dobell, and to Faith Glasgow, who helped to track down the illustrations. My thanks, finally, to Christine Kastner who typed the manuscript and sacrificed a bank holiday to help me meet the deadline. Translations from the German are my own.

Chronological Table r$45 bom 31 May in Bad Worishofen, the son of Dr Hellmuth

Fassbinder and his wife Liselotte

1951 divorce of his parents

1964 schooling ends

1965 beginning of affairs with Christoph Roser and Irm Hermann;

shoots his first film, The City Tramp (for German titles of films see Filmography)

19^ part-lime attendance at the Fridl-Leonhard Studio (drama school) in Munich, where he meets Hanna Schygulla; shoots his second film, The Little Chaos

,9<»7 joins Action Theater, taking over the role of Tiresias in Antigone

1968 May: Action Theater closed; antiteater founded

1968 (autumn) to 1969 (autumn): antiteater based in the 'Witwe Bolte'

in the Schwabing district of Munich

1969 Apr: shoots Love Is Colder them Death in and around Munich (24 days) Jun: the film is premiered at the Berlin Film Festival

Aug: shoots Katielmacher in Munich (9 days)

Oct: the film is premiered at the Mannheim Filmwochen

Nov: shoots Gods of the Plugue in Munich, Dingolfing (5 weeks) Dec: shoots Why Does fferr R. Run Amok? in Munich (13 days); Katzeimacher wins the Evangelise her Filmpreis and the FIPRESCI Prize of the international film press

1970 Jan: shoots Rio das Mortal in Munich (20 days) Feb: shoots The Coffee House in Cologne (10 days)

Apr: Gods of the Plague premiered in Vienna at the Viennale

The young actor

May: shoots The Nikiashausen Journey in Munich, Starnberg,

Feldkirchen (20 days) Jun: Why Does Herr R. Run Amok? premiered at the Berlin Film Festival

Aug: shoots The American Soldier in Munich (15 days)

Sep: shoots Beware of a Holy Whore in Sorrento (22 days)

Oct: The American Soldier premiered at the Mannheim Filmwochen;

The Nikiashausen Journey shown on television Nov: shoots Pioneers in Ingolstadt in Landsburg-Lech, Munich (25 days)

1971 Feb Rio das Morles shown on television May: Pioneers in Ingolstadt shown on television Jul: Whity premiered at the Berlin Film Festival

Aug: marriage with Ingrid Caven (they divorce during 1972); Beware of a Holy Whore premiered at the Venice Biennale; shoots The Merchant of the Four Seasons in Munich (11 days) Dec: Why Does Herr R. Run Amok? shown on television

1972 Jan: shoots The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant in Munich (10 days) Mar: The Merchant of the Four Seasons shown on television; shoots

Wild Game in and around Straubing (14 days)

Aug: shoots the first five episodes of the television series Eight Hours Are Not a Day at a factory in Mönchen-Gladbach, Cologne (105 days) May: Beware of a Holy Whore shown on television Jun: The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant premiered at the Berlin Film Festival

Sep: shoots Bremen Coffee in Saarbrücken (9 days) Sep—

Oct: first phase of shooting Effi Briest

Oct: first part of the series Eight Hours Are Not a Day televised Nov: starts working at Bochum, where Peter Zadek is running the theatre

Dec: directs Ferenc Molnär's Liliom there; Bremen Coffee shown on television

1973 Jan: Wild Game shown on television Jan—

Mar: shoots World on a Wire in Cologne, Munich, Paris (44 days)

May: shoots Nora Helmer in Saarbrücken (21 days)


Sep: shoots Martha in Konstanz, Ottobeuren, Kreuzlingen, Rome (25 days)

Sep: shoots Fear Eats the Soul (15 days) Oct: World on a Wire shown on television

1974 Feb: Nora Helmer shown on television Mar: Fear Eats the Soul premiered in Munich Apr and

Jul: shoots Fox in Munich and Marrakesh (21 days) May: Martha shown on television Jun: Effi Briest premiered at the Berlin Film Festival Jul: shoots Like a Bird on the Wire in Cologne (6 days); meets Armin Meier

Aug: takes up job as artistic director at the Theater am Turm, Frankfurt

Mar: shoots Mother Küsters' Trip to Heaven in Frankfurt (20 days) Apr-

May: shoots Fear of Fear in Cologne, Bonn (25 days)

May: Like a Bird on the Wire shown on television; Fox premiered

Jun: official termination of engagement at the Theater am Turm

Jul: Fear of Fear shown on television

Oct: first stage of shooting Satan's Brew in Munich (14 days)

Dec: shoots I Only Want You to Love Me in and around Munich (25 days)

1976 Jan: Mother Küsters' Trip to Heaven premiered in Berlin Jan—

Feb: second stage of shooting Satan's Brew in Munich (15 days) Mar: I Only Want You to Love Me shown on television Apr—

Jun: shoots Chinese Roulette in and around the castle in Stöckach and at Munich airport (36 days) Oct: Satan's Brew premiered at the Mannheim Filmwochen Oct—

Dec: shoots Bolwieser at the Marxgrün railway station near Bad Steben, the Förmitzsee, Schloss Thurnau, Bayreuth, Hof, Munich (40 days) Nov: Chinese Roulette premiered at the Paris Festival

1977 Mar: shoots Women in New York in the theatre at Hamburg (7 days) Apr—

Jun: shoots Despair in Munich, Interlaken, Berlin, Lübeck, Brunswick, Hamburg, Mölln (41 days)

Jun: Women in New York shown on television Jul: Bolwieser shown on television

Oct: shoots episode in Germany in Autumn in his own Munich flat (6 days)

1978 Jan-

Mar: shoots The Marriage of Maria Braun in Coburg, Berlin (35 days) Mar: Rough-cut of Germany in Autumn shown at Berlin Film Festival May: Despair premiered at Cannes Festival Jun: Death of Armin Meier Jul-

Aug: shoots In a Year with 1 j Moons in Frankfurt (25 days) Nov: In a Year with 1J Moons premiered in Frankfurt Dec—

Jan 1979: shoots The Third Generation in Berlin (30 days)

1979 Feb: The Marriage of Maria Braun premiered at the Berlin Film

Festival; wins the Silver Bear May: The Third Generation premiered at the Cannes Festival Jun—

Apr 1980: shoots Berlin Alexanderplat: in Berlin and Munich (154 days) Oct: Receives the Visconti Prize, awarded by Italian film critics

Sep: shoots Lili Marleen in Munich (47 days) Aug—

Sep: preview of Berlin Alexanderplat: at the Venice Biennale Oct—

Dec: television showing of Berlin Alexanderplatz

1981 Jan: Lili Marleen premiered in Munich Apr—

May: shoots Lola in Munich (30 days)

Aug: Lola premiered

Dec: shoots Veronika Voss in Munich (24 days)

1982 Feb: Veronika Voss premiered at the Berlin Film Festival. Wins Golden


Mar: shoots Querelle in Berlin (22 days) Jun: found dead in his Munich flat on 10 June

Prizes not mentioned in above listing:

German Film Prize (Bundesfilmpreis) 1970, 1971, 1972, 1978, 1979, 1982 Prize of the International Catholic Film Bureaux (OCIC) in Cannes 1974 Otto Dibelius Prize 1974

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