The Black Angel

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The Black Angel

The Black Angel

Release Date: May 07, 1974

Year    :   1974
Slogan    :   «»
Genres    :   Drama
Production Companies    :   Werner Schroeter Filmproduktion, ZDF
Director    :   Werner Schroeter
Producers    :   Werner Schroeter
Writers    :   Werner Schroeter
RunTime    :   72 mins.

Two women, one from Boston and one from Germany, flee their empty lives to seek fulfillment in Mexico. The Black Angel is a transitional film; on one hand, it is a companion piece to Willow Springs, featuring two Schroeter regulars as characters far from home and in extremis; on the other hand, it is a film essay about Mexico and as such a harbinger of Schroeter’s nonfiction work to come. While he clearly shares his characters’ fascination with Mexico, the filmmaker also savages touristic exoticism – the otherworldly appearances of his protagonists and their rapturous reactions to new surroundings contrast sharply with the sober perceptions of Mexican history and economics featured in the documentary segments and in the prosaic presence of a non-professional cast of locals. - Harvard Film Archive


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