Ali: Fear Eats the Soul Ali: Fear Eats the Soul

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
  • 1.37:1
  • 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 wields the emotional power of classic Hollywood melodrama to expose the racial tensions underlying contemporary German culture.

Cast

Emmi KurowskiBrigitte Mira
AliEl Hedi ben Salem
BarbaraBarbara Valentin
KristaIrm Hermann
Mrs. KargusElma Karlowa
Mrs. EllisAnita Bucher
PaulaGusti Kreissl
Mrs. AngermeyerDoris Mattes
HedwigMargit Symo
Girl in barKatharina Herberg
Mrs. MünchmeyerLilo Pempeit
BrunoPeter Gauhe
GruberMarquard Bohm
Mr. AngermeyerWalter Sedlmayr

Credits

DirectorRainer Werner Fassbinder
WriterRainer Werner Fassbinder
Director of photographyJürgen Jürges
Assistant cameramanThomas Schwan
Assistant directorRainer Langhans
EditorThea Eymèsz
SoundFritz Müller-Scherz
MakeupHelga Kempke
Still photographerPeter Gauhe
LightingEkkehard Heinrich
Production managerChristian Hohoff

Disc Features

  • New 4K digital restoration, supervised by director of photography Jürgen Jürges, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • 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 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 film movement of which Fassbinder was a part
  • Scene from Fassbinder’s 1970 film The American Soldier that inspired Ali: Fear Eats the Soul
  • Trailer
  • PLUS: An essay by critic Chris Fujiwara

    New cover by Michael Boland

Film Essays

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

By Chris Fujiwara October 02, 2014

People struggle to escape their socially dictated roles in Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s moving, Douglas Sirk–inspired melodrama. Read more »


Film Essays

Ali: Fear Eats the Soul: All That Fassbinder Allows

By Michael Töteberg June 23, 2003

The following text is from Michael Töteberg’s presentation of a collection of Fassbinder screenplays (The Merchant of Four Seasons, Ali: Fear Eats the Soul, Fontane Effi Briest), which were . . . Read more »

Film Essays

Alialone_t_thumbnail

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

By Chris Fujiwara October 02, 2014

People struggle to escape their socially dictated roles in Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s moving, Douglas Sirk–inspired melodrama. Read more »


Video


Clippings

Rosenbaum on Soul

August 06, 2009

Jonathan Rosenbaum has been posting a lot of his past work on his (relatively) new blog, a real boon for cinephiles, as the former Chicago Reader critic’s archives are four bounteous decades . . . Read more »


Film Essays

Ali: Fear Eats the Soul: All That Fassbinder Allows

By Michael Töteberg June 23, 2003

The following text is from Michael Töteberg’s presentation of a collection of Fassbinder screenplays (The Merchant of Four Seasons, Ali: Fear Eats the Soul, Fontane Effi Briest), which were . . . Read more »