Directed by Rainer Werner Fassbinder
Set in Germany in the autumn of 1957, Lola, a seductive cabaret singer-prostitute (Barbara Sukowa) exults in her power as a temptress of men, but she wants out. Embracing her ambition, nothing will be good enough for her—she wants money, property, and love.
Pitting a corrupt building contractor (Mario Adorf) against the new straight-arrow building commissioner (Armin Mueller-Stahl), Lola launches an outrageous plan to elevate herself in a world where everything, and everyone, is for sale. Shot in garish candy colors, Fassbinder’s homage to Josef von Sternberg’s classic The Blue Angel stands as a biting satiric tribute to capitalism. 1981, Germany, 35mm, in German, English, French and Latin with English subtitles, 115 minutes. Rated R.