The Bigger Picture film club – ‘Fear Eats the Soul’ (1974) at East Dulwich Tavern on 21 July 2016
Posted by: The Bigger Picture
13 July, 2016 18:17
The Bigger Picture film club will be showing ‘Fear Eats the Soul’ (1974) at 8pm on Thursday, 21 July 2016, Upstairs at East Dulwich Tavern.
A lonely working class widow Emy (Birgitte Mira) meets a much younger Arab immigrant working as a mechanic Ali (El Hedi Ben Salem), whom she falls in love with. The poignancy of the love affair is contrasted with the bitterness of family, colleagues and society’s reaction to a love that breaks racial boundaries.
Rainer Werner Fassbinder was a hugely influential and prolific director/writer/actor who kick-started a renaissance in filmmaking in West Germany with his distinctive, controversial and ground-breaking work which sought to document and expose the hypocrisies and complacency of the post-war West German society. This film, modelled loosely on Douglas Sirk’s 1955 melodrama All That Heaven Allows (about a middle class widow who falls in love with a much younger gardener), explores the deep-rooted prejudices about race, sex, politics and class in 1970s Germany, which are no less relevant today.
Fassbinder is at his best in this film achieving a balance between emotional involvement and critical distance and exemplifies a tenderness not usually seen in his films.
Director/writer: Rainer Werner Fassbinder with Birgitte Mira and El Hedi Ben Salem, Barbara Valentin
Germany 94 minutes. Cert 15. All tickets £7.
Bar opens from 7pm. Film at 8pm.
Tickets £7 from WeGotTickets: http://www.wegottickets.com/event/351054
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Upstairs at East Dulwich Tavern
1 Lordship Lane
London SE22 8EW
Rail: East Dulwich;
Buses: P13, 37, 185, 176, 40, 484