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Ali: Fear Eats the Soul

Rainer Werner Fassbinder

 
Ali: Fear Eats the Soul (Criterion Blu-Ray)

30 Sep 2014

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

The wildly prolific German filmmaker Rainer Werner Fassbinder paid homage to his cinematic hero Douglas Sirk with this update of that filmmaker’s 1955 All That Heaven Allows. A lonely widow (Brigitte Mira) meets a much younger Arab worker (El Hedi ben Salem) in a bar during a rainstorm. They fall in love, to their own surprise—and to the outright shock of their families, colleagues, and drinking buddies. In Ali: Fear Eats the Soul, Fassbinder expertly uses the emotional power of classic Hollywood melodrama to expose the racial tensions underlying contemporary 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

  • New 4K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack
  • Introduction from 2003 by filmmaker Todd Haynes
  • Interviews from 2003 with actor Brigitte Mira and editor Thea Eymèsz
  • Shahbaz Noshir’s 2002 short Angst isst Seele auf, which reunites Mira, Eymèsz, and cinematographer Jürgen Jürges to tell the story, based on real events, of an attack by neo-Nazis on a foreign actor while on his way to a stage performance of Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s screenplay
  • Signs of Vigorous Life: New German Cinema, a 1976 BBC program about the national film movement of which Fassbinder was a part
  • Scene from Fassbinder’s 1970 film The American Soldier that inspired Ali
  • Trailer
  • PLUS: An essay by critic Chris Fujiwara

    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 »