Learning German with filmmaker Fassbinder

by Peter D. Marshall

from DW.de

Filmmaker Rainer W. Fassbinder is considered the more important filmmakers in post-war German cinema. He influenced artists and directors around the world – even if they couldn’t understand a word of German.

Ming Wong gets straight to the point: “At the time, I didn’t understand the German language very well, but I understood her very well.” With “her” the Singabore-born artist Ming Wong means the character Petra von Kant from the 1972 Fassbinder film, “The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant.”

Ming Wong became familiar with the German director’s films in the 1990s, thanks to the Goethe-Institut. He was excited and fascinated by Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s menagerie of characters.

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