"Shadow of Angels"
Directed by Daniel Schmid
Fassbinder collaborated with director Daniel Schmid on this film adaptation of
Fassbinder's controversial play The Garbage, the City and Death. Much controversy
surrounded one character in particular: a Jewish businessman (Klaus Lowitsch), who is
always referred to as "the rich Jew." Ultimately, the story is more concerned
with the outsider status of this businessman and the prostitute (Ingrid Caven) whom he
hires to listen to him (and, on occasion, to perform in a mock wedding ceremony). Both
find themselves out of place in a milieu dominated by prostitutes, pimps, corrupt
policemen and perverse businessmen. Fassbinder appears as the prostitute's sadistic, gay
pimp. German with English subtitles.