Schatten der Engel (Shadow of Angels) 1976 Ages 15+
1.30PM Sun 10 Jun 2018 (1hr 45mins)
GOMA | Cinema A | Free
Shadow of Angels was a film about a Germany where no one is starving and no one is scared anymore, and the only two people who are still sensitive are the prostitute and the Jew, because both of them are outcasts. – Daniel Schmid
Based on a Fassbinder play called Garbage, the City and Death that was banned multiple times for allegations of anti-Semitism, Shadow of Angels was directed by Fassbinder's colleague and former lover Daniel Schmid when Fassbinder was denied state funds to produce it. The centre of controversy is the character of a rich, nameless Jewish real estate broker (Klaus Löwitsch), who falls for a beautiful, unhappy prostitute named Lily (Ingrid Caven). Subject to the whims of her abusive pimp Raoul (Fassbinder), Lily walks the streets of Frankfurt to support his gambling with what little she is able to earn. When the wealthy real estate speculator discovers what an attentive listener Lily is, he begins paying her just to talk. Lily becomes rich and her suitor proposes marriage, but she finds herself rejected by her friends and just as lonely as before.
35MM, 1.66:1, COLOUR (EASTMANAOLOR), MONO, 101 MINUTES, SWITZERLAND/WEST GERMANY, GERMAN (ENGLISH SUBTITLES) / DIRECTOR: DANIEL SCHMID / SCRIPT: RAINER WERNER FASSBINDER, DANIEL SCHMID / CINEMATOGRAPHER: RENATO BERTA / EDITOR: ILA VON HASPERG / MUSIC: GOTTFRIED HÜNGSBERG, PEER RABEN / COSTUME DESIGNER: GERA GRAF / CAST: INGRID CAVEN, RAINER WERNER FASSBINDER, KLAUS LÖWITSCH, ANNEMARIE DÜRINGER / PRODUCTION CO: ALBATROS FILMPRODUKTION, MUNICH / PRINT SOURCE: LEISURE TIME FEATURES / RIGHTS: ALBATROS FILMPRODUKTION