PRINT March 1986

Rainer Werner Fassbinder

Wolfram Schütte

This week, the editors recall Wolfram Schütte’s essay on the German filmmaker Rainer Werner Fassbinder, which was published in Artforum in March 1986. “The Rainer Werner Fassbinder Method: A Retrospective” is on view at the Bundestkunsthalle in Bonn, Germany, through March 6, 2022.

“Among the many gifted directors in the postwar German cinema, he was the lone genius,” writes Wolfram Schütte in his essay-cum-eulogy about the great Rainer Werner Fassbinder, who died in 1982 at the age of thirty-seven. Love, violence, trauma, guilt, shame, mortality: For Fassbinder, these were the human condition,