In your opinion what effects can films have on society? What can a filmmaker do for society?
He can do a lot. Entertain. Tell stories in such a way that the moviegoer is entertained and afterwards is no stupider; he can make various things clear to him or make him want to get various things straight for himself, he can express fears. For others. If no one does that we’d withdraw into the kind of silence in which sooner or later you become a moron. Film can give the moviegoer the courage to continue expressing things, taking a position on them, and making it known. I do feel that film as a medium can be effective in all sorts of ways. And it’s always a means of entertainment, and should remain that, too. Like literature, which is also supposed to be fun, or music, quite aside from the effect it can have.
–“I’ve changed along with the characters in my films: An Interview with Rainer Werner Fassbinder.” Performing Arts Journal, Vol. 14 No. 2 (May 1992)
Some still images from my favorite Fassbinder movies:
The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant
Fear of Fear