Veronika Voss | Chicago Reader

Veronika Voss

The final installment—after The Marriage of Maria Braun and Lola—of Rainer Werner Fassbinder's trilogy on postwar Germany, and also the last film Fassbinder lived to complete (1981). Lola's delirious color has been exchanged for an equally extravagant black and white, appropriate to this tale of a Nazi-era film star (Rosel Zech) who, forgotten in the 50s, becomes a morphine addict. Fassbinder's dazzling visual invention (which includes a gorgeous re-creation of the streetcar scene from Sunrise) carries the film for two or three reels, but the situation soon freezes into an inert, rather facile metaphor for America's postwar domination of the German soul. With Hilmar Thate, an actor whose resemblance to Richard Nixon may or may not be coincidental. In German with subtitles.

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