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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 2,051,084 page views. His biography is available in 55 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 54 in 2019). Rainer Werner Fassbinder is the 44th most popular film director (up from 64th in 2019), the 314th most popular biography from Germany (up from 390th in 2019) and the 4th 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 44 out of 1,581Before him are Wim Wenders, Andrzej Wajda, Ken Loach, Tinto Brass, Michael Haneke, and James Cameron. After him are Tim Burton, Lars von Trier, Éric Rohmer, Abbas Kiarostami, Jacques Tati, and Emir Kusturica.

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Among people born in 1945, Rainer Werner Fassbinder ranks 20Before him are Björn Ulvaeus, Jupp Heynckes, Lemmy, Wim Wenders, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, and Eddy Merckx. After him are Ritchie Blackmore, Yoshinori Ohsumi, Mircea Lucescu, Rod Stewart, Patrick Modiano, and Ian Gillan. Among people deceased in 1982, Rainer Werner Fassbinder ranks 16Before him are Henry Fonda, Philip K. Dick, Hans-Ulrich Rudel, Anna Freud, Erving Goffman, and Vasily Chuikov. After him are Jacques Tati, Glenn Gould, Khalid of Saudi Arabia, Barack Obama Sr., Louis Aragon, and Gala Dalí.

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Among people born in Germany, Rainer Werner Fassbinder ranks 314 out of 6,142Before him are Friedrich Schlegel (1772), Wilhelm Friedemann Bach (1710), Walther von Brauchitsch (1881), Wilhelm Grimm (1786), Konrad Zuse (1910), and Pina Bausch (1940). After him are Valentinian II (371), Sophie Scholl (1921), Mayer Amschel Rothschild (1744), Karen Horney (1885), Robert Bunsen (1811), and Maria Alexandrovna (1824).


Among film directors born in Germany, Rainer Werner Fassbinder ranks 4Before him are Leni Riefenstahl (1902), Wim Wenders (1945), and Michael Haneke (1942). After him are Werner Herzog (1942), F. W. Murnau (1888), Ernst Lubitsch (1892), Wolfgang Petersen (1941), Roland Emmerich (1955), Volker Schlöndorff (1939), Max Ophüls (1902), and Robert Siodmak (1900).