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Roger Fritz, Fassbinder’s “Querelle” Nr. 082, 1982/2011, color photograph, 29 1/2 x 19 3/4".

“Querelle—Photographed by Roger Fritz”

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Roger Fritz, Fassbinder’s “Querelle” Nr. 082, 1982/2011, color photograph, 29 1/2 x 19 3/4".

In 1982, the year in which Rainer Werner Fassbinder made his film Querelle, one of the actors, Roger Fritz, took several hundred photographs on the set. On the film’s release, a book was published with reproductions of 119 of the images. Depicting the actors in still, dramatized poses that embody each character’s attitude as well as narrative episodes, Fritz’s photos distill Querelle’s wild, colorful, indoor set into iconic images. Fassbinder is noted for having brought some of the theatricality and the directness of the stage into the cinema, in part through his attention to the dynamic among an ensemble of performers as well as through his habit of capturing a scene in a single take. Fritz’s images offer another perspective on this aspect of the filmmaker’s creation. But in a recent exhibition at VeneKlasen Werner in Berlin, which was organized in collaboration with White Columns

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