– The archive footage from the 1960s Berlinale, where Fassbinder is first introduced to the cinematic world as an actor and he is severely booed by the German audience.
– The obsession of Fassbinder to have a child of his own that went as far as cutting off friends who had a child or treat his child actors as if there were his own children.
– The staggering productivity of Fassbinder, who was constantly working or preparing a project, achieving to deliver more than 40 screen or TV films in his very short career. Eventually that workload would drive him to his death at the age of 37.
– The unbelievable clarity and life attitude he shows in his answers during the interview with the director friend in a hotel room in Cannes, despite the fact that he obviously struggles to keep his eyes open due to chronic insomnia and drug and alcohol abuse.
– The whole documentary however feels like a random collection of talking heads, without any coherence, and a constant effort by the director to borrow some of Fassbinder’s star dust, highlighting his close friendship to him. This notion was further enhanced in the Q&A that followed the screening, in which Christian Braad Thomsen seemed like hes was talking on behalf of the deceased director.
Cubix 7 – 65th Berlinale International Film Festival – Berlin – 07/02/2015