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April 8—15, 2024

Warsaw

Double Feature: All That Heaven Allows x Ali: Fear Eats the Soul


All That Heaven Allows

Considered a masterpiece of expressionist melodrama, Douglas Sirk’s film depicts the sugar-coated world of the Eisenhower era floundering in the face of the constraining powers of social conventions. The affection that develops between a well-off widow and her gardener gives way to reflections on class prejudice and bourgeois social norms of the 1950s in the United States. Nonconformist Ron (Rock Hudson), living alone on the edge of the woods – like Thoreau on the shores of Lake Walden – comes under the scrutiny of Cary’s children and friends, while Cary must ask herself: is it worth sacrificing her own happiness for the acceptance of the group? In this unique Christmas romance – beautifully filmed in Technicolour by Russell Metty – Douglas Sirk points out that love later in life may taste just as sweet as the first crush.

Joanna Najbor

Douglas Sirk (1897–1987) was a German director who worked mainly in the United States. He started his career in Germany, but moved to Hollywood in 1937, where he would achieve his greatest fame with a string of melodramas directed in the 1950s. Though dismissed by critics at the time, they are now considered thematically complex masterpieces. The best-known of them are Magnificent Obsession (1954), Written in the Wind (1956) and Imitation of Life (1959).

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DATE

April 11, 2024

TIME

2:00 PM

VENUE

Kino Muranów Zbyszek

COPY / OTHERS

DATE

April 14, 2024

TIME

3:30 PM

VENUE

Kino Atlantic A

COPY / OTHERS

ENGLISH TITLE

All That Heaven Allows

ORIGINAL TITLE

All That Heaven Allows

LANGUAGE

English

SUBTITLES

Polish

SECTION

A One and a Two: Double Features

DIRECTOR

Douglas Sirk

DURATION

89 min

YEAR

1955

COUNTRY

USA

SALES

Park Circus

TRIGGER WARNING

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PRODUCER

Ross Hunter

PRODUCTION

Universal Pictures

CAST

Jane Wyman, Rock Hudson, Agner Moorehead, Conrad Nagel, Virginia Grey

SCREENPLAY

Peggy Thompson, Edna L. Lee, Harry Lee

CINEMATOGRAPHY

Russell Metty (colour)

EDITING

Frank Gross

SCORE

Frank Skinner

COSTUME DESIGN

Bill Thomas

ART DIRECTION

Alexader Golitzen, Eric Orbom

DECADE

1950.

AWARDS

#136 on the list of The Greatest Films of All Time by “Sight & Sound” (2022)

EDITION

Ali: Fear Eats the Soul

A walk through post-war West Germany is hardly ever as painful as in a Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s film. The opening scenes promise a poignant screening: a sixty-year-old German cleaning lady begins an affair with Ali, an Arab seasonal worker. From now on, their rendezvous will be accompanied by wry stares and hostile whispers. Fear Eats the Soul was released in cinemas two years after the Munich Olympic Games massacre, amidst the still prevailing anti-Arab sentiments, and instantly became a voice in the discussion about the foundations of Western racism. But Fassbinder does much to avoid leaving viewers with little more than existential dread and bitter social reflection. As skilfully as Douglas Sirk in  All That Heaven Allows (the spiritual prototype of Fear…), he deploys lyrical emotions, even though he uses more static, almost theatrical frames and observes his characters from a greater distance. Consequently, he creates a touching melodrama about the quest for happiness in defiance of an unfavourable world.

Igor Kierkosz

Rainer Werner Fassbinder (1945–1982) was a German filmmaker and actor, one of the major figures of the New German Cinema movement. He had a remarkably prolific output during a career that lasted only 15 years, ending with his premature death at the age of 37. His most notable films, which blend elements of Hollywood melodrama with social criticism, include The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant (1972), Lola (1981) and Querelle (1982).

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DATE

April 11, 2024

TIME

4:00 PM

VENUE

Kino Muranów Zbyszek

COPY / OTHERS

DATE

April 14, 2024

TIME

6:00 PM

VENUE

Kino Atlantic A

COPY / OTHERS

ENGLISH TITLE

Ali: Fear Eats the Soul

ORIGINAL TITLE

Angst essen Seele auf

LANGUAGE

German

SUBTITLES

Polish, English

SECTION

DIRECTOR

R. W. Fassbinder

DURATION

90 min

YEAR

1974

COUNTRY

FRG

SALES

RWF Foundation

TRIGGER WARNING

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PRODUCER

Rainer Werner Fassbinder

PRODUCTION

Tango-Films

CAST

Brigitte Mira, El Hedi ben Salem, Irm Hermann, Elma Karlowa

SCREENPLAY

Rainer Werner Fassbinder

CINEMATOGRAPHY

Jürgen Jürges (colour)

EDITING

Thea Eymèsz

DECADE

1970.

AWARDS

#52 on the list of The Greatest Films of All Time by “Sight & Sound” (2022)

EDITION