1982, TSPDT Rank #923
Filmed last but sequenced second in RW Fassbinder's BRD trilogy, this very unique and brilliant film is my favorite normal-length Fassbinder film, from the ones I've seen. It's filmed in luminous black and white, and tells a somewhat fractured story of love, addiction, and lost stardom, which plays as a mix of Persona, Sunset Boulevard, and film noir mysteries. For any fan of film, that should be more than enough to say. In this time shortly before his death, it seems that Fassbinder was entering an artistic peak, and its too bad that this great source of talent was snuffed out by drug use, not unlike the untimely fate of burned out star Veronika Voss. Experimental, difficult, but quite highly recommended - best of the trilogy.