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1 hr. 34 min.

Plot Summary
Emmi Kurowski (Brigitte Mira), a cleaning lady, is lonely in her old age. Her husband died years ago, and her grown children offer little companionship. One night she goes to a bar frequented by Arab immigrants and strikes up a friendship with middle-aged mechanic Ali (El Hedi ben Salem). Their relationship soon develops into something more, and Emmi's family and neighbors criticize their spontaneous marriage. Soon Emmi and Ali are forced to confront their own insecurities about their future.

Cast: Brigitte Mira , El Hedi ben Salem , Barbara Valentin , Irm Hermann , Marquard Bohm , Karl Scheydt ,

Director: Rainer Werner Fassbinder

Genres: Romance, Drama

Distributor: New Yorker Films

Ali: Fear Eats the Soul (1974)

Release Date: October 5th, 1974|1 hr. 34 min.

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  • June 27, 2010 drarthurwells
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    As I wrote in reviewing Fassbinder's film "Merchant of Four season", the simple and straight-forward style of Fassbinder's early films, and the use of actors and actresses that look more like ordinary people than Hollywood female beauties or handsome leading men, lend a amateurish quality to these works. But this also contributes to a certain veracity to the films - a realistic documentary quality. Fassbinder seduces you with artistic framing of the camera, and simple yet attractive decorations and settings, drawing you into the story. His focus is on people and their interactions, sometimes mundane, sometimes sinful, sometimes ennobling, just like real life. Racial and ethnic prejudice, is found in Germany like elsewhere. Hitler took this to an extreme out of jealousy of the accomplishments of the Jews, which was the basis of paranoia of them. Of course Hitler was crazy, but not too much more than most people. This is the story of two good people in a largely bad world who are drawn together in spite of class and age differences. After the initial bliss of new love, many of the German society reject them because of the man's ethnic background, causing distress in their relationship. The story then becomes how they deal with this stress.

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