Caption: Still of Rainer Werner Fassbinder in Despair (1978)
Writer, Director, Actor
Born: May 31, 1945
Star sign: Gemini
Height: 5' 9¼" (1.76 m)
Known for: The Marriage of Maria Braun (1979), The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant (1972), Ali: Fear Eats the Soul (1974), Lili Marleen (1981)
Above all, Rainer Werner Fassbinder was a rebel whose life and art was marked by gross contradiction. Openly homosexual, he married twice; one of his wives acted in his films and the other served as his editor. Accused variously by detractors of being anticommunist, male chauvinist, antiSemitic and even antigay, he completed 44 projects between ...