Lola | Chicago Reader


115 minutes 1981

Part two (between The Marriage of Maria Braun and Veronika Voss) of Rainer Werner Fassbinder's trilogy on Germany's "economic miracle" of the 1950s. This 1981 film is a very loose remake of The Blue Angel, with an upright building commissioner (Armin Mueller-Stahl) falling in love with a corrupt cabaret singer (Barbara Sukowa); but where the driving force in Sternberg's film is sex, in Fassbinder's it's money. Despite the cold, abstract visuals—Sirk's colors and Sternberg's clutter—the film is one of Fassbinder's warmest, with a close, affectionate direction of actors unlike anything he'd ever attempted. It's a smooth, even, professional film in which nothing surprising happens—which seems, obscurely, to be its point. With Mario Adorf.



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