Director: Rainer Werner Fassbinder Run Time: 115 min. Format: 35mm Rating: R Release Year: 1981 Language: German with English subtitles
Starring: Barbara Sukowa, Armin Mueller-Stahl, Mario Adorf
Germany in the autumn of 1957: Lola, a seductive cabaret singer-prostitute (Barbara Sukowa) exults in her power as a temptress of men, but she wants out—she wants money, property, and love. Pitting a corrupt building contractor (Mario Adorf) against the new straight-arrow building commissioner (Armin Mueller-Stahl), Lola launches an outrageous plan to elevate herself in a world where everything, and everyone, is for sale. Shot in childlike candy colors, Fassbinder’s homage to Josef von Sternberg’s classic The Blue Angel stands as a satiric tribute to capitalism.