Saturday, 13 May 2017

Capital Celluloid 2017 - Day 143: Wed May 24

Lili Marleen (Fassbinder, 1981): BFI Southbank, NFT1, 6.20pm


The excellent Rainer Werner Fassbinder season continues at the BFI Southbank with this 35mm screening. Full details of the season can be found here. This film is also being screened on May 19th and you can find all the details here.

Time Out review: 
Fassbinder's determinedly 'tasteless' brew of sentiment and swastikas annexes the original two-way forces' favourite to a totally apocryphal cloak-and-dagger romance, camped up into a one-song musical comedy. Its basic joke is that Hanna Schygulla, required to sing 'Lili Marlene' umpteen times, can't sing; but when a variation on that has her Jewish lover (Giancarlo Giannini) tortured with the song by his German gaolers, one's incredulous guffaws just keep rolling. Elaborate proof that the devil really does have all the best tunes.
Paul Taylor


Here (and above) is the trailer.

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