Munich could be called Fassbinder's city - the enfant terrible of German cinema spent much of his life here and many of his pictures were made here. He lived a stormy life and worked like mad - in the 14 years his career spanned, he directed 41 films. He died of a drug overdose in his Munich apartment in 1982. Until June, marking the thirtieth anniversary of his death, the film museum will host "Fassbinder's Munich," showing the 12 movies he made in the Bavarian capital. They include Veronica Voss (1982), Rio das Mortes (1970) and Merchant of Four Seasons (1972). It's noticeable, though, that Munich is a barely noticed backdrop in Fassbinder's films - the city is not the subject, as it can be in Wim Wenders' movies set in Berlin... or as Berlin is in Fassbinder's Berlin Alexanderplatz. You won't find the city's famed symbols in the movies set in Munich. Even details like street names or the signs of the taverns his heroes and antiheroes frequent are mostly absent. The city in Fassbinder's films has a different circulation than the one you are presented as a tourist, and is devoid of glamour - like those seated outside legendary Deutsche Eiche, the lines in their faces bearing witness to the twists and turns of life, lit by the sun.
Keywords: Munich, exhibition