Cinema: Master Without Masterpieces Andres Segovia: 1893-1987

LOLA and VERONIKA VOSS Directed by Rainer Werner Fassbinder Screenplays by Peter Märthesheimer and Pea Fröhlich

Rainer Werner Fassbinder's death in June, at 36, had all the garish contradictions of the film maker's melodramas. The police diagnosis—overdose of sleeping pills and cocaine—pointed up the standard celebrity moral of too much work, too many indulgences, too little time. For those moviegoers who had seen the Bavarian-born director at film festivals or spotted him in his own pictures, his death, impossible to imagine, became in retrospect easy to predict. Chronically scraggly and overweight, encased in dark glasses and neck-to-ankle black leather, skulkingly showboating his...

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