Querelle: The Film Book
By Rainer Werner Fassbinder. Photographs by Roger Fritz.
The book of the film. A screenplay in pictures. A cover by Warhol. Genius director (no mincing words) Fassbinder's interpretation of Jean Genet's Querelle de Brest was his final production before his death at 36 and it was a film that almost never happened. The book was too heavy for Hollywood producers and studios, who called it “unmitigated filth”. But the director Bertolluci had different ideas: “Querelle ought to be a film about the poetry of the cock.” Under Fassbinder's guidance, dicks are everywhere in the film and in this book – scrawled on windows and graffitied on walls, bulging from the actor's too-tight trousers Tom of Finland-style, not to mention the pièce de résistance: a massive phallic tower that's almost too comical for words. Bathed in lurid, artificial colour, it almost feels like you're seeing these images through an old 3D viewmaster. Each click is like a turn of the page. Each still is like the shout of a director yelling cut.
Publication date: 1983
Publisher: Schirmer / Mosel
Details: Softcover. 1st Evergreen Edition. English Transaltion by Arthur S. Wensinger and Richard H. Wood. 180p. Red texta markings to top edge of pages near spine.