Ali: Fear Eats the Soul

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Film runs Sun, May 25 through Sat, May 31.

Ali: Fear Eats the Soul
Rainer Werner Fassbinder, 1974
West Germany | German and Arabic with English subtitles | Format: 35mm | 93 minutes

Produced at the peak of Fassbinder’s creative powers, Ali: Fear Eats the Soul reworks the narrative and thematic framework of Douglas Sirk’s classic melodrama All That Heaven Allows (also the inspiration for Todd Haynes’s Far from Heaven) in telling the improbable love story of Ali (El Hedi ben Salem), a thirty-something Moroccan immigrant working as a mechanic, and Emmi (Fassbinder muse Brigitte Mira), a German widow who is old enough to be his mother. The motley pair gets married and quickly encounters prejudice and discrimination from neighbors, friends, and family (including Fassbinder himself as Emmi’s son-in-law). This wry and tender romance-cum-social-commentary has endured as one of its director’s most accomplished and popular films.

Series: Fassbinder: Romantic Anarchist (Part 1)

Venue: Walter Reade Theater

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