GLORIOUS MELODRAMA

Today for your consideration friends, a dream come true for the great Rainer Werner Fassbinder. By all accounts the ultra prolific artist Rainer Werner Fassbinder was simultaneously a lonely, tender soul and a gluttonous emotional terror. Whatever his personal talents and faults were the sum of his parts was a creative giant. In his youth he voraciously consumed art, reportedly seeing at least one movie a day starting while he was still in grade school, which was no mean feat for a poor kid in the 1950ʼs and 60ʼs. Once he started to create, he produced at an equally astounding rate. Between 1966 and 1980 he wrote, directed, acted in and produced over 50 films, plays and t.v. dramas.

Bourbon Street Blues, has Mr. Fassbinder as actor working for one of his idols, Douglas Sirk. Possibly the greatest influence on Fassbinderʼs work, Sirk is known best for the beautiful over the top suburban melodramas he made in the 1950ʼs. It must have been a thrill for Fassbinder to work with one of the gods of his youth and he repays his good fortune with a wonderful performance in this short form adaptation of the one act Tennessee Williams play The Lady of Larkspur Lotion.