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Ali: Fear Eats the Soul

Rainer Werner Fassbinder

 
Ali: Fear Eats the Soul (Criterion DVD)

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  • Germany
  • 1974
  • 93 minutes
  • Color
  • 1.33:1
  • German
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  • Spine #198

Rainer Werner Fassbinder, already the director of almost twenty films by the age of twenty-nine, paid homage to his cinematic hero, Douglas Sirk, with this updated version of Sirk’s All That Heaven Allows. Lonely widow Emmi Kurowski (Brigitte Mira) meets Arab worker Ali (El Hedi ben Salem) in a bar during a rainstorm. They fall in love––to their own surprise––and to the shock of family, colleagues, and drinking buddies. In Ali: Fear Eats the Soul (Angst essen seele auf), Fassbinder expertly uses the emotional power of the melodrama to underscore the racial tensions threatening German culture.

Cast

Credits

DirectorRainer Werner Fassbinder
ScreenplayRainer Werner Fassbinder
ProducerRainer Werner Fassbinder
CinematographyJürgen Jürges
Assistant cameramanThomas Schwan
Assistant directorRainer Langhans
EditingThea Eymèsz
SoundFritz Müller-Scherz
MakeupHelge Kempke
Still photographerPeter Gauhe
LightingEkkehard Heinrich
Production managerChristian Hohoff

Disc Features

SPECIAL EDITION DOUBLE-DISC SET:

  • New high-definition digital transfer
  • Video introduction by director Todd Haynes (Far From Heaven, Velvet Goldmine, Safe)
  • Interviews with actress Brigitte Mira and editor Thea Eymèsz
  • Short film Angst isst Seele auf (2002)
  • Signs of Vigourous Life: New German Cinema, a 1976 BBC television program
  • Excerpt from The American Soldier starring Margarethe von Trotta
  • Original theatrical trailer
  • New and improved English subtitle translation
  • Optimal image quality: RSDL dual-layer edition

    New cover by Michael Boland

Film Essays

Ali: Fear Eats the Soul: One Love, Two Oppressions

By Chris FujiwaraJune 23, 2003

The origin of Ali: Fear Eats The Soul (1974), a breakthrough in Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s . . . Read more »


Film Essays

Ali: Fear Eats the Soul: All That Fassbinder Allows

By Michael TötebergJune 23, 2003

The following text is from Michael Töteberg’s presentation of a collection of Fassbinder . . . Read more »

Clippings

Rosenbaum on Soul

August 06, 2009

Jonathan Rosenbaum has been posting a lot of his past work on his (relatively) new blog, a . . . Read more »


Film Essays

Ali: Fear Eats the Soul: One Love, Two Oppressions

By Chris FujiwaraJune 23, 2003

The origin of Ali: Fear Eats The Soul (1974), a breakthrough in Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s . . . Read more »


Film Essays

Ali: Fear Eats the Soul: All That Fassbinder Allows

By Michael TötebergJune 23, 2003

The following text is from Michael Töteberg’s presentation of a collection of Fassbinder . . . Read more »