German director Rainer Werner Fassbinder died of a drug overdose on June 10, 1982, before his last film, Querelle was edited. This documentary is both about the filming of Querelle — a sailor of that name whose love life left nothing to be desired — and about director Fassbinder’s working techniques and philosophy. While actors and workers comment on the filming of Querelle, a 14-minute interview with Fassbinder taped eight hours before he died was supposed to convey the first element, his own beliefs and working methods. Fassbinder’s mother had the interview pulled by court order, leaving the Wizard of Babylon without the benefit of the wizard’s own chemistry.
Directors: Dieter Schidor, Wolf Gremm (uncredited), Frank Ripploh (uncredited).
Writers: Dieter Schidor, Wolf Wondratschek.
Stars: Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Klaus Löwitsch, Brad Davis, Burkhard Driest, Laurent Malet, Jeanne Moreau, Franco Nero, Dieter Schidor.
I think I could have easily labelled this one as another Epic upload but since a copy surfaced on Youtube a few months ago I don’t think it’ll be considered ultra rare anymore although this is the first time this is available on the internet with subtitles so I think this is still a pretty incredible upload considering it took 40 years to be able see this online and with English subs, it took an eternity but finally we were able to make this happen and as you can imagine I couldn’t be more excited to be able to share this with all of you. Many people to thank for this: first of all a huge thank you to Jan who sent me this copy, the source of it is a 35 years old Betamax tape (recorded from the German channel WDR in the late ’80s), quality is as good as it can be for a tape this old and despite some glitches on the image (mostly at the bottom of the screen) it is better than the copy you can find on Youtube atm, the audio was better on the Youtube copy so I ended up combining both and additionally denoised the audio a bit to make it better for watching. English subtitles courtesy of Ricco (@RiccoWong1), Dennis (@ULTRAVIOLANGE) and Tristan, I also would like to thank Pablo K. who helped by proofreading the Fassbinder interview parts and to Frank (@frankpavich) who helped with some OCR work. Last but not least I’d like to thank my good friend, O.G. rarefilmm supporter and NYC Public Access living Legend Ed Grant for the daily motivation and for pushing me and insisting me to get this subbed asap, without him this would have taken me a lot more time to get done, the original plan was to get this subbed and uploaded by May 31st (Fassbinder’s bday) but due to some problems with one of the translators it had to be delayed that’s why it took a few more days. If you love cinema I’m sure you’ll love Ed’s blog, you can find his website: here, besides his blog Ed also does a weekly livestreamed show every late Friday/early Saturday where he showcases rare films, all kinds of stuff, from all eras and colors, most of them that are unseen in the U.S., I know many of people who know a ton about films but Ed’s knowledge is truly unmatched, not just that but he’s also a really nice guy to talk to, he’s without a doubt one of the nicest people I’ve had the pleasure to meet since I started with rarefilmm, if you have a minute, please check out his blog, believe me, it’s worth it. Thank you for everything, Ed, really appreciate you my friend.
Oh and for those who don’t like movies with hardcoded subtitles, an alternative, uncompressed version of this film on .mkv format with muxed-in .srt subs can be downloaded from here or here. Enjoy everyone, and thank you so very much for all the support! Many more rarities to come in the near future, stay tuned!