FEAR EATS THE SOUL (Angst essen Seele auf)

FEAR EATS THE SOUL (Angst essen Seele auf)

Thursday 5 Apr 2018 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm

Director Rainer Werner Fassbinder pays tribute to his celluloid hero Douglas Sirk, with an updated version of Sirk’s 1955 movie All That Heaven Allows.

Sirk's classic movie follows a lonely, middle-class widow (Jane Wyman) who falls for a handsome young gardener (Rock Hudson). But her family and friends respond with disgust as her lover belongs to a lower social class.

Fassbinder pushes the ideological boundaries even further by making his heroine’s lover not only younger, but Moroccan, in order to explore the racial tension inherent in post-war German society. His lonely widow is Emmi (Brigitte Mira), who meets Arab worker Ali (El Hedi ben Salem) in a bar. They fall in love but are immediately shunned by her family and friends, who are disgusted she has married a foreigner. But, despite her love for Ali, Emmi demonstrates the racism that is ingrained in the German mind as she brags about his body and makes him show his muscles – thereby belittling and objectifying her own husband to her friends.

Won the FIPRESCI Prize at the Cannes Film Festival in 1974.

Language: German/Arabic with English subtitles

“A truly unmissable film not only for the biting attack on a prejudicial society, but for the touching plot, raw performances and innovative, thrilling camerawork most directors can only dream of.”

-  Leanne McGrath, EyeForFilm

Rainer Werner Fassbinder
El Hedi Ben Salem, Brigitte Mira, Barbara Valentin
West Germany