|SHADOW OF ANGELS|
|DIRECTOR: DANIEL SCHMID|
|SCREENPLAY: Rainer Werner Fassbinder & Daniel Schmid based on the play by R.W. Fassbinder "GARBAGE, THE CITY, AND DEATH"|
|103 MIN. COLOR · 1976 · 35mm/video German w/English subtitles|
|CAST: Ingrid Caven, R.W. Fassbinder, Klaus Löwitsch|
SHADOW OF ANGELS is the film adaptation of R.W. Fassbinder's last and most controversial play, "Garbage, the City, and Death," which was banned in Germany. The story concerns Lily, a prostitute too beautiful to have clients and the real estate speculator she befriends. Lily is paid to listen to her customers' despairing monologues about politics, power, corruption, and guilt. SHADOW OF ANGELS is quintessential Fassbinder, a fable about victims and victimizers and not so nascent neo-Nazi sympathies in post-war Germany.
"Proto-Fassbinder... anyone interested in
the kind of theater in which the late Rainer Fassbinder worked might
want to make an effort to see 'Shadow of Angels.'"
"The film is a stunner, a sharp mesmerizing summary
of Fassbinder's thematic concerns, anchored by what may be his freshest
and most charismatic performance as an actor."
"Fascinating...a haunting precursor to the themes
of such later masterpieces as ‘The Marriage of Maria Braun.'"