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    • Love is the best, most insidious, most effective instrument of social repression. Rainer Werner Fassbinder. Love Is, Social, Insidious.
    • People often criticize my films for being pessimistic; there are certainly many reasons for being pessimistic but I don’t see my films that way. They’re founded in the belief that revolution doesn’t belong on the cinema screen but outside in the world.
    • Every decent director has only one subject, and finally only makes the same film over and over again. My subject is the exploitability of feelings, whoever might be the one exploiting them.
    • I hope to build a house with my films. Some of them are the cellar, some are the walls, and some are the windows. But I hope in time there will be a house.
    • “I detest the idea that love between two persons can lead to salvation. All my life I have fought against this oppressive type of relationship. Instead, I believe in searching for a kind of love that somehow involves all of humanity.”
    • “Women think in [Douglas] Sirk’s films. Something which has never struck me with other directors. None of them. Usually women are always reacting, doing what women are supposed to do, but in Sirk they think.
    • “It isn't easy to accept that suffering can also be beautiful... it's difficult. It's something you can only understand if you dig deeply into yourself.”
    • “For all of us it’s the things that won’t work that keep our interest.” ― Rainer Werner Fassbinder.
  1. Quotations by Rainer Werner Fassbinder, German Director, Born May 31, 1945. Share with your friends. "The more real things get, the more like myths they become."

    • And I don't believe that melodramatic feelings are laughable - they should be taken absolutely seriously.
    • The Jews have never been ashamed of being Jews, whereas homosexuals have been stupid enough to be ashamed of their homosexuality.
    • The best thing I can think of would be to create a union between something as beautiful and powerful and wonderful as Hollywood films and a criticism of the status quo.
    • I'd like to be for cinema what Shakespeare was for theatre, Marx for politics and Freud for psychology: someone after whom nothing is as it used to be.
    • “I hope to build a house with my films. Some of them are the cellar, some are the walls, and some are the windows. But I hope in time there will be a house.”
    • “Every decent director has only one subject, and finally only makes the same film over and over again. My subject is the exploitability of feelings, whoever might be the one exploiting them.
    • “Everyone must decide for himself whether it is better to have a brief but more intensely felt existence or to live a long and ordinary life.” -- Rainer Werner Fassbinder.
    • “As long as movies are depressing, life isn't.” -- Rainer Werner Fassbinder. #Depressing #Long.
    • “ As long as movies are depressing, life isn’t.” — Rainer Werner Fassbinder.
    • “ Everyone must decide for himself whether it is better to have a brief but more intensely felt existence or to live a long and ordinary life.” — Rainer Werner Fassbinder.
    • “ Love is the best, most insidious, most effective instrument of social repression.” — Rainer Werner Fassbinder.
    • “ I’d like to be for cinema what Shakespeare was for theatre, Marx for politics and Freud for psychology: someone after whom nothing is as it used to be.”
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