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Ali: Fear Eats the Soul

Angst essen Seele auf

West Germany, 1974


An almost accidental romance is kindled between a German woman in her mid-sixties and a Moroccan migrant worker around twenty-five years younger. These two people separated by age and race abruptly decide to marry, appalling everyone around them.

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Ali: Fear Eats the Soul Directed by Rainer Werner Fassbinder
This immaculately staged drama is Fassbinder’s assault on the intolerance of 1970s German society… The performances are flawless; the themes remain timely.
April 02, 2017
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The movie has been frequently praised for the moving performances of its leads and for how it so effectively portrays racism against migrant workers living in Germany. But there is more involved in creating a masterpiece than simply having some talented actors and a great script, although these are beneficial as well. Since Fassbinder had intended Ali to be an exercise, and because he had a vision behind it, what exactly distinguishes this film technically upon close study?
March 28, 2017
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The film, like much of Fassbinder’s work, keeps seeming to border on classical in form and genre, yet pushes the length of every shot and the stillness of every actor until it seems to reach a Brechtian breaking point.
November 04, 2016
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