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Fear Eats the Soul

+ intro by Heather Stewart, BFI Creative Director

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In Fassbinder’s best-loved film, a tender romance is soon exposed to the brutal reality of racism and ageism.

Image from Fear Eats the Soul + intro by Heather Stewart, BFI Creative Director

West Germany 1974
Dir Rainer Werner Fassbinder
With Brigitte Mira, El Hedi ben Salem, Irm Hermann, Elma Karlowa.
93min
Digital
English subtitles
Certificate 15

Fassbinder’s unconventional love story combines lucid social analysis with devastating emotional power. Not a shot is wasted in this bold reworking of Sirk’s All That Heaven Allows, which unfolds with gripping simplicity: one evening in Munich an elderly cleaning lady visits a bar. To her surprise a handsome young man 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, 40 years on it’s still burningly relevant.

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