One of the most celebrated figures of the New German Cinema, Hanna Schygulla acquired transnational stardom through her work with a range of directors in different national cinemas and languages.
This absorbing study charts Schygulla's career and star persona from her early days as a member of Rainer Werner Fassbinder's experimental anti-teater group to her work with eminent European auteurs, including Jean-Luc Godard, Andrzej Wajda and, more recently, Fatih Akin. It also discusses her reinvention as an acclaimed cabaret chanteuse.
Unpicking the myth that Schygulla's star persona depended on her collaboration with Fassbinder, Ulrike Sieglohr examines how her versatile and idiosyncratic acting style developed throughout her career. With in-depth analysis of key films and their international receptions, Sieglohr foregrounds Schygulla's individual agency, resourcefulness and talent.
Ulrike Sieglohr is Honorary Research Associate in Film, Television and Radio Studies at Staffordshire University, UK. In addition to publishing essays on New German Cinema and Werner Schroeter, she is the editor of Heroines Without Heroes: Reconstructing Female and National Identities in European Cinema 1945-51.
Acknowledgements.- Introduction.- 1. Fassbinder's Muse and Anti-Star 1967-1974.- 2. From 'Backstreet Marilyn' to New Marlene: The Rise to International Fame as a Star Directed by Fassbinder, 1975-1982.- 3. A Transnational European Star in Search of a Post Fassbinder Persona 1981-1989.- 4. The Wilderness Years and Homecoming: Diversification, Reinvention and Reaffirmation 1990-2012.- Conclusion.- Notes.- Bibliography.- Filmography.- Index.