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  • March 10, 2011 Clarcard
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    Fascinating story that kept me spellbound. Yes, the "heroine" is thoroughly dislikable. Not a genre piece of a rags-to-riches plucky gal, despite the knee-jerk reviews based on a hollywood mentality that requires adorable leads. Our Angel is no angel, and it is precisely her character flaws of pride and self-absorbed vanity that create the tension and paradox that lead to tragedy of monumental proportions. Juxtaposed on this tragedy is the social tragedy of women in turn-of-the-century England who had no possible expression for their talents, and many became servants of the upper class. Our Angel had her own rules of noblesse oblige, forcing her creativity on a world that not only embraced and enriched her, she played by and bent their rules to get what she wanted. Fassbinder played brilliantly the painter, who became her "bought" husband. She had no "class" but she recognized who did, and she used the system of class structure to manipulate and derive the life she wanted and that other women of her era craved and had no access to.

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