Munich: Keystone, 1980. Vintage borderless black-and-white photograph of filmmaker Werner Fassbinder performing a levitation magic trick on Hanna Schygulla during the 1980 German charity fundraising television special "Stars in der Manege." With mimeograph snipe and Keystone photo agency sticker to the verso.
During Fassbinder's short but extremely prolific career, he took on an extraordinary variety of subjects, with post-War West Germany as his principal palette. He was a rebel whose life and art was marked by gross contradictions: though openly homosexual, he married twice; one of his wives acted in his films and the other served as his editor. Accused variously by detractors of being anti-communist, a male chauvinist, anti-Semitic, and even anti-gay, he completed 44 projects between 1966 and 1982, the majority of which can be characterized as highly intelligent social melodramas. Schygulla, Fassbinder's muse and favorite actress, met the director while they were both studying at the Fridl-Leonard Studio for actors in Munich.
Begun in 1959, and continuing annually at the Circus Krone Building in Munich, the German television special "Stars in der Manege" [Circus of the Stars], was later mimicked by an American version that aired annually on CBS beginning in 1977 and ending in 1994.
9 x 6.75 inches (23 x 17 cm). Near Fine.