best film: The Marriage of Maria Braun. I’m in the minority for having this above Berlin but I find his BRD trilogy to be his clear artistic peak.
best performance: The Marriage of Maria Braun– Canby at the NYT “…sweet, tough, brilliantly complex performance of Hanna Schygulla.” I’ve seen it once and it was 2011 or so (way overdue) but I was blown away by Schygulla and to me her work here is slightly better than her work in the other three Fassbinder archiveable collaborations.
stylistic innovations/traits: Schygulla is known for both strength and beauty. She can play both Fassbinder’s sadistically cruel abuser and the naïve abuse victim with equal skill and measure.
directors worked with: Fassbinder (4), Wajda (2)
Top 5 Performances
- The Marriage of Maria Braun
- Berlin Alexanderplatz
- The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant
- Merchant of Four Seasons
- A Love in Germany
|1972- The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant|
|1972- The Merchant of Four Seasons|
|1979- The Marriage of Maria Braun|
|1980- Berlin Alexanderplatz|
|1981- Circle of Deceit|
|1983- A Love in Germany|
|1991- Dead Again|
|2000- Werckmeister Harmonies|