Leonard Cohen

Productive and Destructive: The legacy of radical queer filmmaker Rainer Werner Fassbinder

Productive and Destructive: The legacy of radical queer filmmaker Rainer Werner Fassbinder

It's 1981 and Rainer Werner Fassbinder doesn't look well. He's in a cheetah print suit but he wears the sweat dripping off his bullfrog face way better. As the star of Wolf Gremm's baffling sci-fi noir "Kamikaze 89," he's got to run around and bust bad guys as some kind of cyberpunk Sam Spade and, oh my god, he is so pale and his eyes are barely opened in some of these scenes. He is, however, surrounded by some of his close collaborators and ex-lovers and people he's abused who, in a way, he also made a life for, having dragged them across his 40-plus movies—19 of which are currently available on streaming service Filmstruck—through the late '60s, all through...

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