Rainer Werner Fassbinder

1945 - 1982

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Rainer Werner Fassbinder (German: [ˈʁaɪ̯nɐ ˈvɛʁnɐ ˈfasbɪndɐ] (listen); 31 May 1945 – 10 June 1982), sometimes credited as R. W. Fassbinder, was a German filmmaker, actor, playwright, theatre director, composer, 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 1,607,330 page views. His biography is available in 54 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 51 in 2019). Rainer Werner Fassbinder is the 64th most popular film director (down from 63rd in 2019), the 390th most popular biography from Germany (up from 410th in 2019) and the 5th 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 64 out of 1,580Before him are Claude Chabrol, Yasujirō Ozu, Terry Gilliam, Emir Kusturica, Elia Kazan, and Paul Verhoeven. After him are Abbas Kiarostami, Frank Capra, Robert Zemeckis, Alain Resnais, F. W. Murnau, and Luc Besson.

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Among people born in 1945, Rainer Werner Fassbinder ranks 24Before him are Patrick Modiano, Daniel Ortega, Yoshinori Ohsumi, Lemmy, Björn Ulvaeus, and Rod Stewart. After him are Ian Gillan, Ehud Olmert, Goldie Hawn, Mia Farrow, Priscilla Presley, and Dean Koontz. Among people deceased in 1982, Rainer Werner Fassbinder ranks 21Before him are Vasily Chuikov, Barack Obama Sr., Khalid of Saudi Arabia, Jacques Tati, Karl von Frisch, and Glenn Gould. After him are Louis Aragon, Jiro Horikoshi, Gala Dalí, Georges Perec, Gilles Villeneuve, and Hans Selye.

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Among people born in Germany, Rainer Werner Fassbinder ranks 390 out of 5,289Before him are August von Mackensen (1849), Prince Claus of the Netherlands (1926), Hans Adolf Krebs (1900), Maria Josepha of Saxony, Dauphine of France (1731), Ernst Thälmann (1886), and Henri Nestlé (1814). After him are Karl Drais (1785), Max Bruch (1838), Johann Georg Faust (1480), Christopher of Bavaria (1416), Wilhelm Schickard (1592), and Robert Bunsen (1811).


Among film directors born in Germany, Rainer Werner Fassbinder ranks 5Before him are Leni Riefenstahl (1902), Wim Wenders (1945), Michael Haneke (1942), and Werner Herzog (1942). After him are F. W. Murnau (1888), Ernst Lubitsch (1892), Wolfgang Petersen (1941), Volker Schlöndorff (1939), Max Ophüls (1902), Roland Emmerich (1955), and Robert Siodmak (1900).