ENFANT TERRIBLE, The Life of Filmmaker Rainer Werner Fassbinder: Review

enfant terrible

Noun: a person whose unconventional or controversial behavior or ideas shock, embarrass, or annoy others.

Director:Oskar Roehler
Writers: Klaus Richter, Oskar Roehler
Starring Oliver Masucci, Hary Prinz, Katja Riemann, and Felix Hellmann
Runtime: 2 hours 14 minutes
Genre: Documentary Feature
Country: Germany
Language: German

When a Man's Creative Genius and Demons Collide

Director Oskar Roehler's gripping film ENFANT TERRIBLE tells the story of a truly talented and gifted filmmaker,
Rainer Werner Fassbinder, played by Oliver Masucci.

A prolific writer, as shown by Fassbinder's 33 screen plays under his belt, having written 14 plays and made 44 films, all
before the age of forty-years. He also starred in many of his own film.

For all of his artistic gifts, he had just as many mean and sadistic ways, which where all on display in his screen plays and
his preferred form of acting. His insistance on the actors to not just act as in pain but to actually experience the pain of the characters.

He appears to have a constant need or uncontrollable urge to demean people, to make them feel small and meaningless in his personal and professional life, which becomes blurred as he comingles his personal and professional relationships and his friends and family becomes actors and actors becoming family.

Cinematographer, Carl-Friedrich Koschnick captures the nitty gritty world that Fassbinder that lives in with all of the darkness and shadows of the scenes.


helping tell Fassbinder's story are Hary Prinz as Kurt Raab, Katja Riemann as Gudrun Jochen Schropp as Armin Meier, Erdal Yıldız as El Hedi ben Salem, Markus Hering as Peer Raben Frida-Lovisa Hamann as Martha, André Hennicke as Volker Spengler, Christian Berkel as Interviewer
Eva Mattes as Brigitte Mira, Alexander Scheer as Andy Warhol, Désirée Nick as Barbara Valentin
Götz Otto as Jack Palance, Detlef Bothe as Wally Brockmeyer, Sunnyi Melles as Rosel Zech
Michael Klammer as Günther Kaufmann, Anton Rattinger as Britta, Lucas Gregorowicz as Ulli Lommel
Felix Hellmann as Harry Baer, Simon Böer as Michael Ballhaus

ENFANT TERRIBLE, a filmmmaker who's two worlds are in constant conflict, which has you on edge waiting for the crash. Provides a look into the life
of a deeply damaged man.


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Distributor: Dark Star Pictures
Production Co: ARTE, Bavaria Filmproduktion, Bayerischer Rundfunk (BR), Westdeutscher Rundfunk (WDR)
Run time: 2 hours 14 minutes
Starring: Oliver Masucci, Hary Prinz, Katja Riemann, Jochen Schropp, Erdal Yıldız, Markus Hering, Frida-Lovisa Hamann,
André Hennicke, Christian Berkel, Eva Mattes, Alexander Scheer,
Director:Oskar Roehler
Writers: Klaus Richter, Oskar Roehler
Producer: Markus Zimmer
Cinematography: Carl-Friedrich Koschnick
Editor: Hansjörg Weißbrich
Music: Martin Todsharow