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SCHATTEN DER ENGEL (SHADOW OF ANGELS), 1976

Fassbinder's best and most mysterious play about Germany after the Holocaust.

 
Production: Albatros Film; Eric Franck, Artco Film
Director: Daniel Schmid
Screenplay: Daniel Schmid and R.W. Fassbinder
Photography: Renato Berta
Sound: Günther Kortwig
Art director: Raúl Gimenez
Make-up: Didier Lavergne
Costumes: Gerda Graf
Music: Peer Raben
Editing: Ila von Hasperg
Cast: Ingrid Caven, R.W. Fassbinder, Klaus Löwitsch, Annemarie Duringer, Jean-Claude Dreyfuss, Ulli Lommel, Adrian Hoven, lrm Herrmann, Boy Gobert, Raúl Gimenez
 
 
Ingrid Caven, Schmid's favorite actress, plays a prostitute who is too elegantly beautiful to attract clients. Her pimp-husband (a thin and sexy Fassbinder) is too indifferent even to beat her-"Beating means love," he explains. Then she meets a rich and real-estate mogul who makes her realize that she can make more money by simply listening to her clients than by having sex with them. Soon all the town's elite are pouring their dirty secrets into her ear. Adding to the strange brew are the husband's homosexual lover and the prostitute's Nazi father, who works as a female impersonator. 'SHADOW OF ANGELS' is based on one of Fassbinder's best, most mysterious plays: 'THE GARBAGE, THE CITY AND DEATH'. It's also a movie about Germany after the Holocaust.