Rainer Werner Fassbinder, West Germany 1974. Certificate 15
93 minutes. German and Arabic with English subtitles
Part of Black History Month
One of the high-water marks in German New Wave cinema of the 1970s, and a ‘re-imagining’ of Douglas Sirk’s All That Heaven Allows, this is an intense portrayal of the doomed love affair between Mira, a middle-aged cleaner, and Ali, a young Moroccan immigrant worker.
Widely considered to be his greatest work, Fassbinder uses dramatic and visual excess (including amazing camera movement and clashing colours) to push everyday events to extremes, to expose the racial prejudice and moral hypocrisy at the heart of European society.
When: 7.30pm Wednesday 24 October 2012
Where: Amersham Arms, 388 New Cross Road, London SE14 6TY
Cost: £5 on the door (£3 members)
★★★★★ “Exceptional. Fassbinder’s most perfectly pitched melodrama.” CINELOGUE
★★★★★ “Radical brilliance from Fassbinder” GUARDIAN
★★★★ “Affecting and moving drama that really explores the selfish nature behind human actions.” EMPIRE
★★★★ “The film… employs a series of remarkably simple framing devices to reinforce the isolation of his characters—from the harsh German culture, each other, and, ultimately, themselves. Doorways, windows and a sea of yellow chairs have a way of stranding Emmi and Ali away from the rest of humanity, just as Fassbinder’s dialogue deliriously—almost innocently—references their every step toward buying ‘a little piece of Heaven.'” SLANT