★★★★☆

The third in his thematic Bundesrepublik Deutschland trilogy, prolific director Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s Lola is a sumptuous, cynical historical satire, steeped in a fugue of post-war capitalist excess, moral hypocrisy and broken idealism.

Directing over 40 films in less than twenty years, RW Fassbinder was still producing great work in the final years of his life. While Lola is not quite up to the high standard of masterpieces like Ali: Fear Eats the Soul or The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant, it remains a gorgeously opulent post-war German fable. Schuckert (Mario Adorff) runs the town brothel, whose star attraction, Lola (Barbara Sukowa), draws in virtually the whole community, from anti-war ‘humanist’ Esslin (Matthias Fuchs) to the town Mayor.

Lola is out now on DVD and Blu ray. For the full review, head over to CineVue.

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