Love him or hate him, no other actor/director can boast a life so diverse and seemingly contradictory as German-born actor-turned-director Ulli Lommel. As the man who directed one of the greatest and most gruesome serial killer films ever made The Tenderness of Wolves (1973) aka Die Zärtlichkeit der Wölfe, as well as the "most hated film" ever made, Daniel - Der Zauberer (2004), Lommel certainly has experienced the positive and the negative as a filmmaker. As someone who worked with both German New Cinema master filmmaker Rainer Werner Fassbinder and famous American 'Pop Art' leader Andy Warhol, Lommel is not exactly someone that will be forgotten by film history. As an individual who has starred in and directed some of our favorite films, including Whity (1971), The Tenderness of Wolves (1973), World on a Wire (1973), Shadow of Angels (1976), Satan's Brew (1976), and Melancholie der Engel (2009), among countless others, Soiled Sinema is quite proud to bring you this interview with Ulli Lommel.
Soiled Sinema: Your father was a famous comedian and your mother was an actress. What was your upbringing like?
SS: You originally got your start in cinema as an actor. Did you always have plans to become a film director?
SS: Your first feature was Haytabo (1971). How did you get involved with directing the film and what were the influences behind the film?
SS: Fassbinder’s Beware of a Holy Whore (1971) was based on the hectic experience of making Whity (1971). As someone who acted in both films, do you think Beware of a Holy Whore features a realistic portrayal of what happened during the making of Whity?
SS: How did critics in Germany respond to The Tenderness of Wolves (1973) when it was released? Were you the first New German Cinema director to direct a horror film about a serial killer? What did Fassbinder think of the film?
SS: Your third feature was Adolf and Marlene (1977). Can you describe this film to our readers? I once read the film is 'lost.' Will it ever be released on DVD?
SS: What was your relationship like with Fassbinder?
SS: Which of the Fassbinder films that you personally starred are you most proud of?
SS: What was your relationship like with Warhol?
SS: You worked with Warhol on Cocaine Cowboys (1979) and Blank Generation (1980). How was he involved (aside from acting)? What were his thoughts on the films?
SS: Did you expect The Boogeyman (1980) to be such a hit? What inspired you to direct the film?
SS: You made a number of films, including Olivia (1981), BrainWaves (1982), and The Devonsville Terror (1983) with your then-wife Suzanna Love. What was it like directing your own wife?
SS: Your underrated cult musical Phantoms of Paradise (1984) seems to be a more ‘personal’ work. Do you agree? What was the inspiration behind the film?
SS: You worked with popular German pop singer Daniel Küblböck for your film Daniel – Der Zauberer (2004). How did that collaboration come about and what was it like to work with Küblböck?
SS: You dedicated Absolute Evil - Final Exit (2009) to Fassbinder. Is there any particular reason why? Are you still planning to direct an “Absolute Evil Trilogy?”
SS: Out of all the films you have directed, which ones are you most proud of? Why?
SS: You still make films in Germany from time to time. Do you prefer working there or in the United States?
SS: How has filmmaking changed since when you first started? Where do you see cinema heading in the future?
SS: The movie genre that you always come back to is horror. Did always have an interest in horror? What are some of your personal favorite horror flicks?
UL: I think Dora likes my films, he's a very cool guy. And when he asked me to do him a favor I said yes.
SS: What can we expect from you in the future (be it film or otherwise)? Do you plan on writing an autobiography?
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