R.W. Fassbinder: Angst essen Seele Auf (1974)
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R.W. Fassbinder: Angst essen Seele Auf (1974)

Rainer Werner Fassbinder was known as the enfant terrible of New German Cinema. He died at the young age of 37 yet completed 44 projects in his short lifetime. Aside from being a film director he was also an accomplished playwright and theatre director. This film, which is loosely based on Douglas Sirk’s All That Heaven Allows, tells the improbable love story of an older German-Polish woman and a young Moroccan immigrant. But unlike Sirk’s film, it’s less sentimental and melodramatic and full of biting social commentary. It addresses themes of racism, prejudice and class differences and still feels as relevant today as it probably was back in 1974. Widely regarded as one of Fassbinder’s best films, the cinematography, use of color and compositions are also outstanding. All in all, a classic that shouldn’t be missed.

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