Lola (1981 film)

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Theatrical release poster
Directed by Rainer Werner Fassbinder
Produced by Horst Wendlandt
Written by Rainer Werner Fassbinder
Pea Fröhlich
Peter Märthesheimer
Starring Barbara Sukowa
Armin Mueller-Stahl
Mario Adorf
Music by Peer Raben
Distributed by United Artists Classics
(US theatrical)
(Region 1 DVD)
Release dates
  • 20 August 1981 (1981-08-20) (Germany)
  • 4 August 1982 (1982-08-04) (United States)
Running time
113 minutes
Country West Germany
Language German

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 1957–1958 in Coburg, in post-World War II West Germany, Schuckert (Mario Adorf) is a local construction entrepreneur whose methods of gaining wealth include shady business practices such as bribing the local officials. His latest scheme is endangered with the arrival of von Bohm (Armin Mueller-Stahl), a high-minded building commissioner.

Von Bohm tries to institute gradual change of the system from within, rather than exposing the participants. Meanwhile he falls in love with a beautiful woman named Lola (Barbara Sukowa). They are attracted to each other, and von Bohm starts thinking of marriage. Von Bohm finds out that she is a cabaret singer and prostitute in the town brothel, where most of von Bohm's adversaries are her clients, and that she is the "personal toy" of Schuckert, and he collects evidence against Schuckert to expose the corruption.

However, because the town has benefited so much from shady capitalism, no one cares. Von Bohm is seduced by the corrupt money to be made and marries Lola. Schuckert gives the brothel to Lola and von Bohm on their wedding day. While von Bohm is out walking, Schuckert takes Lola to bed.


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