Schatten der Engel (1976) AKA Shadow of Angels


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.

Director: Daniel Schmid. AKA Shadow of Angels
Stars: Ingrid Caven, Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Annemarie Düringer, Adrian Hoven, Boy Gobert, Ulli Lommel, Jean-Claude Dreyfus, Irm Hermann, Debria Kalpataru, Hans Gratzer, Ila von Hasperg, Peter Chatel, Gail Curtis, Christine Jirku, Raúl Gimenez, Alexander Allerson, Harry Baer, Klaus Löwitsch.

1976 Cannes Film Festival – Nominated for the Palme d’Or.
1976 Chicago International Film Festival – Nominated for the Gold Hugo.


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  1. Gabrielle
    October 19, 2019

    I love Fassbinder! Thank you!

  2. frast
    October 20, 2019

    Now – Schmid’s La Paloma… please

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