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25 August - 15 September 2019: Lola


Rainer Werner Fassbinder, 1981, 113 min
German with English subtitles

"Conceived as a homage to Josef Von Sternberg's The Blue Angel, Lola is a biting satire of capitalist greed starring Barbara Sukowa as the eponymous cabaret singer and call girl. Set in a German provincial town during the "economic miracle" of the '50s, the seductive Lola is the star attraction of the nightclub in which she works. But, ever ambitious, she spots an opportunity to improve her social position in the form of straight-laced new buildings commissioner von Bohm. Presenting her most demure persona, she manipulates von Bohm into a chaste courtship, but finds that outrunning her past is more difficult than she imagined." – Harvard Film Archive

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