Ali: Fear Eats The Soul (Fassbinder, 1974) & The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant (Fassbinder, 1972):
Roxy Bar and Screen 7pm
This is part of the Scala Forever season, a programme of 111 films and events at 26 venues through to October 2 that will celebrate the wonderful Scala cinema at King's Cross which closed in 1993. Here is an article I wrote in the Guardian on the history of the cinema and the season and here are the details of all the movies and special events on offer, via the Scala Forever website.
Here is the Roxy's introduction: Two contrasting films from the influential Rainer Werner Fassbinder. Ali… was one of his most critically acclaimed films, a simple story of a relationship between a middle-aged widow and a younger Morrocan mechanic shot in a style seen as an homage to the work of Douglas Sirk. Contrasting this is one of Fassbinder’s most controversial, emotional and visually stunning films, an all-female film based on his own stage play that explores power and desire and attracted most attention for the depiction of lesbian sexuality. Two powerful, contrasting pieces from an icon of German cinema.
Here is an extraxt from Fear Eats The Soul.