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Rainer Werner Fassbinder

Bolwieser (The Stationmaster's Wife)

Edition 1982
201' - 1977 - Drama - Dialogue: German
Director: Rainer Werner Fassbinder Composer: Peer Raben With: Elisabeth Trissenaar, Kurt Raab, Bernhard Helfrich, Udo Kier

Bolwieser (Kurt Raab), stationmaster in a little Bavarian town in the 1920s, feels that with his marriage to Hanni (Elisabeth Trissenaar), daughter of a brewery owner, he has achieved happiness and good social standing. But the entire city knows that Hanni turned to the tavern owner Merkl (Bernhard Helfrich) long ago. When Bolwieser hears about the rumor, Hanni and Merkl report the worst “slanderers.” He even commits perjury in order not to lose his wife. However, he is unable to live without the illusion of his idyllic marriage. The human tragedy takes its course: Bolwieser begins to drink, his wife leaves him for the hairdresser (Udo Kier), and the stationmaster is even sentenced to jail because of perjury. Hanni files for divorce.

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Rainer Werner Fassbinder


Peer Raben


Elisabeth Trissenaar, Kurt Raab, Bernhard Helfrich, Udo Kier


Rainer Werner Fassbinder

Director of Photography

Michael Ballaus


Rainer Werner Fassbinder


Herbert Knopp, Willi Segler

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Screenplay based on

"Bolwieser"(Oskar Maria Graf)



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