Rainer Werner Fassbinder

1945 - 1982

Rainer Werner Fassbinder

Rainer Werner Fassbinder (German: [ˈʁaɪ̯nɐ ˈvɛɐ̯nɐ ˈfasˌbɪndɐ]; 31 May 1945 – 10 June 1982), sometimes credited as R. W. Fassbinder, was a West German filmmaker, actor, playwright, theatre director, composer, cinematographer, editor, and essayist. He is widely regarded as a prominent figure and catalyst of the New German Cinema movement. His first feature-length film was a gangster movie called Love Is Colder Than Death (1969); he scored his first domestic commercial success with The Merchant of Four Seasons (1972) and his first international success with Ali: Fear Eats the Soul (1974), both of which are considered masterpieces by contemporary critics. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Rainer Werner Fassbinder has received more than 1,178,258 page views. His biography is available in 51 different languages on Wikipedia making him the 61st most popular film director.

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Among film directors, Rainer Werner Fassbinder ranks 62 out of 1,305Before him are Roger Vadim, Terry Gilliam, Chuck Jones, Alain Resnais, William Wyler, and F. W. Murnau. After him are Éric Rohmer, Yasujirō Ozu, Luc Besson, Frank Capra, George A. Romero, and Costa-Gavras.

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Among people born in 1945, Rainer Werner Fassbinder ranks 23Before him are Rod Stewart, Lemmy, Daniel Ortega, Ritchie Blackmore, Yoshinori Ohsumi, and Ehud Olmert. After him are Björn Ulvaeus, Ian Gillan, Goldie Hawn, Neil Young, Moshe Katsav, and Mircea Lucescu. Among people deceased in 1982, Rainer Werner Fassbinder ranks 22Before him are Jacques Tati, Glenn Gould, Barack Obama Sr., Gala Dalí, Khalid of Saudi Arabia, and Louis Aragon. After him are Cevdet Sunay, Karl von Frisch, Gilles Villeneuve, Georges Perec, Hans Selye, and Ahmed Hassan al-Bakr.

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Among people born in Germany, Rainer Werner Fassbinder ranks 410 out of 3,763Before him are Ernst Bloch (1885), F. W. Murnau (1888), Wassily Leontief (1906), Wilhelm Maybach (1846), Heinrich Wilhelm Matthias Olbers (1758), and Maximilian von Weichs (1881). After him are Maria Amalia of Saxony (1724), Anne Catherine Emmerich (1774), Lothair II, Holy Roman Emperor (1075), Alfred von Schlieffen (1833), Hans Krebs (1898), and Anna Magdalena Bach (1701).


Among film directors born in Germany, Rainer Werner Fassbinder ranks 5Before him are Leni Riefenstahl (1902), Wim Wenders (1945), Michael Haneke (1942), and F. W. Murnau (1888). After him are Ernst Lubitsch (1892), Werner Herzog (1942), Wolfgang Petersen (1941), Volker Schlöndorff (1939), Max Ophüls (1902), Roland Emmerich (1955), and Thea von Harbou (1888).

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