A 40s American gangster film, made by a German in 1969. With Gods of the Plague, Rainer Werner Fassbinder deliberately attempted to throw the style of the film noir back on itself. He’s less interested in the art of the American film than in the stock situations and characters of the most routine genre movies as he attempts to find the universal in the banal. Through this story of a black gangster’s foray into the Munich underworld, Fassbinder tries to emotionally recharge and revalidate the most common cliches of the form.