Fear Eats the Soul
Angst essen Seele auf
Fassbinder’s international breakthrough is an unconventional love story with devastating emotional power.
W Germany 1973
Dir Rainer Werner Fassbinder
With Brigitte Mira, El Hedi ben Salem, Irm Hermann, Rainer Werner Fassbinder
An Arrow Films release
Fassbinder’s international breakthrough, this unconventional love story combines lucid social analysis with devastating emotional power. Not a shot is wasted in this bold reworking of Douglas Sirk’s All That Heaven Allows, which unfolds with gripping simplicity: one evening in Munich, an elderly cleaning lady (Brigitte Mira) escapes from the rain into a bar frequented by immigrants. To her surprise, the jukebox plays an old German tango and a handsome young Moroccan (El Hedi ben Salem) asks her to dance... So far, so like a fairy tale, but this tenderest of romances is soon exposed to the brutal reality of racism and ageism. Arguably Fassbinder’s best loved film, it is still, 40 years on, burningly relevant.
Margaret Deriaz, season programmer
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