Rainer Werner Fassbinder

1945 - 1982

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Rainer Werner Fassbinder (German: [ˈʁaɪnɐ ˈvɛʁnɐ ˈfasbɪndɐ] ; 31 May 1945 – 10 June 1982), sometimes credited as R. W. Fassbinder, was a German filmmaker, actor, and dramatist. He is widely regarded as one of the major figures and catalysts of the New German Cinema movement. Versatile and prolific, his over 40 films span a variety of genres, most frequently blending elements of Hollywood melodrama with social criticism and avant-garde techniques. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Rainer Werner Fassbinder has received more than 2,151,241 page views. His biography is available in 59 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 55 in 2019). Rainer Werner Fassbinder is the 45th most popular film director (down from 44th in 2019), the 283rd most popular biography from Germany (up from 314th in 2019) and the 3rd most popular German Film Director.

Rainer Werner Fassbinder is most famous for his work in the German New Wave film movement. He produced and directed over 40 films in his lifetime.

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Among film directors, Rainer Werner Fassbinder ranks 45 out of 2,041Before him are Krzysztof Kieślowski, James Cameron, David Lynch, Lars von Trier, Billy Wilder, and Vittorio De Sica. After him are Yasujirō Ozu, Roberto Rossellini, Isao Takahata, Emir Kusturica, Alan Parker, and Takeshi Kitano.

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Among people born in 1945, Rainer Werner Fassbinder ranks 22Before him are Jupp Heynckes, Priscilla Presley, Ehud Olmert, Pete Townshend, Eddy Merckx, and Abdrabbuh Mansur Hadi. After him are Mircea Lucescu, Yoshinori Ohsumi, Björn Ulvaeus, Moshe Katsav, Patrick Modiano, and Ritchie Blackmore. Among people deceased in 1982, Rainer Werner Fassbinder ranks 12Before him are Ingrid Bergman, Henry Fonda, Carl Orff, Roman Jakobson, Arthur Rubinstein, and Philip K. Dick. After him are Hans-Ulrich Rudel, Anna Freud, Vasily Chuikov, Erving Goffman, Khalid of Saudi Arabia, and Louis Aragon.

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Among people born in Germany, Rainer Werner Fassbinder ranks 283 out of 7,253Before him are Heinrich Wilhelm Matthias Olbers (1758), Max Horkheimer (1895), Friedrich Schlegel (1772), Anton Drexler (1884), Athanasius Kircher (1602), and Klaus Barbie (1913). After him are Sophie, Duchess of Hohenberg (1868), Frederick V of the Palatinate (1596), Maria Sibylla Merian (1647), Irma Grese (1923), Carl Zeiss (1816), and Wilhelm Eduard Weber (1804).


Among film directors born in Germany, Rainer Werner Fassbinder ranks 3Before him are Leni Riefenstahl (1902), and Wim Wenders (1945). After him are Michael Haneke (1942), Werner Herzog (1942), Ernst Lubitsch (1892), F. W. Murnau (1888), Wolfgang Petersen (1941), Volker Schlöndorff (1939), Roland Emmerich (1955), Max Ophüls (1902), and Margarethe von Trotta (1942).