Angst Essen Seele auf (Ali: Fear Eats the Soul)
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Angst Essen Seele auf (Ali: Fear Eats the Soul)
Rainer Werner Fassbinder not only directed Ali: Fear Eats the Soul (Angst essen Seele auf), but also scripted the film, designed the sets, and produced. Brigitte Mira heads the cast as a lonely German cleaning woman, who enters into an affair with equally lonely--and much, much younger--Moroccan mechanic El Hedi Ben Salem. They marry, despite the shocked, bigoted reactions of those around them. This thinly disguised remake of Douglas Sirk's All That Heaven Allows (cult favorite Sirk was one of Fassbinder's personal heroes) won the international critic's prize at the Cannes Film… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 100%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Fassbinder's historicism is a crucial aspect of his modernism: he didn't just make use of prior forms, he quoted them, and derived from them the ironies implicit in his melodramatic styles."
‑ Richard Brody, New Yorker
"Fassbinder uses dramatic and visual excess to push everyday events to extremes, achieving a degree of political and psychological truth not accessible through mere social realism."
‑ Nigel Floyd, Time Out
"The movie operates in passages of such raw and resonating veracity that they seem almost too stark to be in a movie."
‑ David Keyes,
"Affecting and moving drama that really explores the selfish nature behind human actions."
‑ David Parkinson, Empire Magazine
"Fassbinder made this one on the cheap between bigger projects and scored with a beautifully observed, and even oddly gentle tale."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"This 1974 film stands as one of Fassbinder's sturdiest achievements, posed between the low-budget funkiness of his early features and the mannerism of his late period."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"It is, rather, another quite courageous attempt by Mr. Fassbinder to develop a film style free of the kind of realistic conventions that sentimentalize life's mysteries."
‑ Vincent Canby, New York Times
""Ali: Fear Eats the Soul" is a timeless examination of the insidious effects of prejudice and racism on relationships."
‑ Cole Smithey,
"Manages to be both more clinical and more humane than Martha"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"A simple and powerful film of great and quiet beauty."
‑ James Kendrick, Q Network Film Desk
"Technically flawless, deceptively simple and avoiding excesses, it is about problems that are timely and timeless in implications."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"Ali: Fear Eats the Soul might sound like improbable, contrived soap opera. It doesn't play that way."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"A powerful attempt to deal with a range of serious issues as well as the characters' own complex psychologies. Visually and dramatically intense, it remains one of Fassbinder's finest."
‑ , Film4
"A mordant satire that's also a touching romance and a powerful indictment of prejudice."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"A chilling tale about bias."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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