Lola (1981)

A homage to Von Sternberg's 'The Blue Angel,' Fassbinder's film follows a stuffy municipal building commissioner who loses his heart to Lola, a sluttish entertainer.

Rated: R
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Release Date: August 20, 1981
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Vincent Canby
New York Times

A bitter, brisk, sometimes abruptly moving satire about the West German economic 'miracle' of the 50's.

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Michael Scheinfeld
TV Guide

It's a political fairy tale about duplicity and hypocrisy in which everything, including ethics and human flesh, is for sale, and self-esteem and worth is measured only in terms of money.

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Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

Lola is a well-acted film which showcases Rainer Werner Fassbinder's laser-sharp social consciousness.

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Christopher Machell

Lola transcends broad satire and, as with Fassbinder's best pictures, finds the raw humanity at the heart of the film's heightened reality.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

It's wonderfully provocative as only Fassbinder can be.

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Dragan Antulov

[An] interesting and rewarding experience for those who can appreciate German cinema and great directors at work.

Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

I'm delighted to see someone running Rainer Werner Fassbinder's Lola. Actually, I'm just delighted to see someone running any Fassbinder film.

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Tom Dawson

Again Fassbinder returns to Germany's past to reveal the workings of its stagnant moral present to powerful effect, boldly combining melodramatic storytelling, vibrant performances, garish visuals and searching analysis.

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Flixster Audience Score: 85% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalhães
The last film of Fassbinder's BRD Trilogy is this sharp social satire that proves to be hilarious from start to finish, a quirky melodrama of garish… More
Jared H
Great quirky performances, but I'm not so hot on the story.
Conner Rainwater
I really didn't know what to expect from this, but I ended up really liking it. Having very little knowledge of post-war German social life, a lot of the… More
Eric Broome
I'm a bit of a beginner when it comes to Fassbinder, but "Lola" strengthened my suspicion that he's not destined to be a favorite of mine.… More