Ali, fear eats the soul

Ali, fear eats the soul

Angst essen Seele auf

DVD - 2003 | German
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Lonely widow Emmi Kurowski meets Arab worker Ali in a bar during a rainstorm. They fall in love--to their own surprise, and to the shock of family, colleagues, and drinking buddies. An emotional power that reflects the ethnic tensions within German society
Publisher: [United States] : Criterion Collection : [Distributed by] Wellspring Media, [2003], c1974
ISBN: 9781559409391
1559409398
Characteristics: 2 videodiscs (93 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in
Alternative Title: Angst essen Seele auf
Other Standard Identifier: 715515014120

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MontMoroc
Feb 02, 2018

I've seen most of Fassbinder's films. I would agree with critical consensus that this one's at the top of the pack, and that it's an entertaining film.
The story's not terribly pointed, but the writer/director's empathy with his characters, and his ability to put their point of view across, is masterful. This is high art, delivered in a melodramatic format, at a low budget.

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VonHafenstaaad
Jan 19, 2018

Classic. A very human story, entertaining through and through.

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poolman
Nov 11, 2016

It may be a style of film making but this is flat and one-dimensional. The acting is wooden and lacking in subtlety even though the racial tensions which form the basis for the film are certainly an accurate mirror of 1970's Germany and even more so today with the influx of migrants and, one might say, of many places in the world.

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ms_mustard
Nov 10, 2015

bad boy director Fassbinder softens his approach and makes a film inspired by All the Heaven Allows adding differences in race to those of age and social status.

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