Lola (1981 film)
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Rainer Werner Fassbinder|
|Produced by||Horst Wendlandt|
|Written by||Rainer Werner Fassbinder
|Music by||Peer Raben|
|Distributed by||United Artists Classics
(Region 1 DVD)
Lola is a 1981 West German film directed by Rainer Werner Fassbinder, and is the third in his BRD Trilogy. The first film in the trilogy is The Marriage of Maria Braun (BRD 1) and the second is Veronika Voss (BRD 2).
In 1957 in the town of Coburg, as in most of West Germany, reconstruction is the watchword and the élite all benefit: the mayor, the police chief, the bank president, the newspaper editor and most of all Shuckert. He is a property developer and also owns the town brothel which the other men frequent, his pet whore being its singer Lulu.
This cosy arrangement is threatened by the arrival in the town hall of the high-minded and cultured von Bohm, a refugee from East Prussia, as the new building commissioner. Divorced, he hires a woman with a little granddaughter as his housekeeper and devotes himself to his new job. One day, while he is out at work, his housekeeper shows her daughter round his house. It is Lola, who decides she wants to know this interesting man and under her real name of Marie-Luise soon attracts his attention. Unaware of her night job or of the fact that Schuckert is the father of her little girl, he tries to get engaged to her but she warns him off. When he is finally taken to the brothel, he discovers the truth about her.
In the meantime he has been collecting evidence of the widespread corruption over building permits, masterminded by Schuckert, and now decides to put a stop to it. Nobody is interested, however. Unable to change the system, and still in love with Lola, with Schuckert's blessing he marries her. As a wedding gift, Schuckert gives the pair the deeds of the brothel and, while von Bohm is taking a walk after the church ceremony, takes the bride to bed.
- Barbara Sukowa as Lola
- Armin Mueller-Stahl as Von Bohm
- Mario Adorf as Schukert
- Matthias Fuchs as Esslin
- Helga Feddersen as Miss Hettich
- Karin Baal as Lola's mother
- Ivan Desny as Wittich
- Elisabeth Volkmann as Gigi
- Hark Bohm as Völker
- Karl-Heinz von Hassel as Timmerding
- Rosel Zech as Mrs. Schuckert
- Christine Kaufmann as Susi
- Y Sa Lo as Rosa
- Günther Kaufmann as G.I.
- Isolde Barth as Mrs. Völker
- Karsten Peters as Editor
- Harry Baer as First demonstrator
- Rainer Will as Second demonstrator
- Sonja Neudorfer as Mrs. Fink
- Nino Korda as TV delivery man
- Herbert Steinmetz as Doorman
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