When we first released Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s Ali: Fear Eats the Soul in 2003, we asked filmmaker Todd Haynes to provide a video introduction. The year before, he had released his masterful Far from Heaven, a reworking of Douglas Sirk’s All That Heaven Allows (1955), the film that also provided the inspiration for Fassbinder’s wrenching melodrama about the societally frowned-upon love between a middle-aged cleaning woman and a younger Moroccan immigrant. Haynes brought his amazing insight about cinema and people to his discussion of Ali—as is clear from this excerpt, in which he focuses on a particular composition and how it expresses the film’s themes.
Why Swing Time Is the Greatest of All Dance Films
In this excerpt from an interview on our new edition of the Astaire-Rogers classic, dance critic Brian Seibert explains how beautifully and cleverly the film integrates dance into the structure of a romantic-comedy plot.
A Moody Meditation from the Set of Blue Velvet
In a rarely seen documentary about David Lynch’s 1986 masterpiece, the director and his star, Isabella Rossellini, give their candid impressions about the creative journey they’ve embarked on together.