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Ali: Fear Eats the Soul (2d-Criterion)

Director(s): Rainer Werner Fassbinder

Theatrical Release: 1974

Cast: Brigitte Mira, El Hedi Ben Salem, Barbara Valentin, Irm Hermann, Peter Gauhe, Rainer Werner Fassbinder

Genre(s): Drama, romance, psychological, melodrama, Criterion Collection, Dean's List

Countries: Germany (East/West)


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Running Time: 93m.

Rainer Werner Fassbinder not only directed Ali: Fear Eats the Soul (Angst essen Seele auf), but also scripted the film, designed the sets, and (uncredited) functioned as producer. 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 Festival. — Hal Erickson (allmovie.com)

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Criterion Collection 2-DVD Set #198 Special Features :

! New high-definition digital transfer

! Video introduction by director Todd Haynes (Far From Heaven, Velvet Goldmine, Safe)

! Interviews with actress Brigitte Mira and editor Thea Eymèsz

! Angst isst Seele auf (2002) - short film

! Signs of Vigourous Life: New German Cinema, a 1976 BBC television program

! Excerpt from The American Soldier starring Margarethe von Trotta

! Original theatrical trailer

! New and improved English subtitle translation

! Optimal image quality: RSDL dual-layer edition
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