By Marion Schmid, Herbert Gehr, Juliane Lorenz

(Applause Books). Rainer Werner Fassbiner left at the back of a literary and cinematic legacy which holds a special position within the background of eu movie and within the tradition of the 20th century. It advanced because the expression of an period, among 1966 and 1982, in a rustic which used to be then one other Germany and which not exists.

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Somehow the look in his eyes mattered to me. Yet you never asked him? No. I can't even remember speaking to him all that much. All I remember is that he struck me as someone special with a special talent, an outsider like myself, but that he didn't like me. One day we were rehearsing a scene from Goethe's Elective Affinities, where a sister loves her brother but doesn't want to let him know. She talks to him while she is stitching away at her embroidery, trying to hide her love. It seemed incredibly old-fashioned to me.

Is the one who offers more guilty than the one who accepts? In fact, there is no guilt. Take this example: Goethe married Christiane Vulpius, much to the chagrin of Frau von Stein. It was a blow to the intelligentsia and to his numerous mistresses in Europe. He, the monu ment, marrying Christiane, the washerwoman, a girl from the lower orders. She must have offered him something-the cuisiniere, as they called her in the salons of Europe. Was Goethe superior to her? It's a good example, though it doesn't shed much light on the psychological process.

He disappeared. I learned from the newspapers that he had joined Andreas Baader and had taken part in setting fire to that department store in Frankfurt. It was horrible. Not only did I no longer have a theater or an apartment, I no longer had a husband. Besides, the brain injury seriously affected my equilibrium and my cognitive functions: every street seemed to end in a steep descent. Nothing was the same. What brought antiteater into being? That was entirely Rainer and Willi's work. I didn't want to see any of them; I was furious with them and with myself.

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