(aka "Ali: Fear Eats the Soul" or "Fear Eats the Soul")
directed by Rainer Werner Fassbinder
Rainer Werner Fassbinder, already the director of almost twenty films by the age of twenty-nine, paid homage to his cinematic hero, Douglas Sirk, with this updated version of Sirk’s All That Heaven Allows. Lonely widow Emmi Kurowsky (Brigitte Mira) meets Arab worker Ali (El Hedi ben Salem) in a bar during a rainstorm. They fall in love––to their own surprise––and to the shock of family, colleagues, and drinking buddies. In Ali: Fear Eats the Soul (Angst essen seele auf), Fassbinder expertly uses the emotional power of the melodrama to underscore the racial tensions threatening German culture.
Theatrical Release: March 5th, 1974 - Germany
DVD REVIEW: Criterion - Region 0 - NTSC
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|Distribution||Criterion Collection Spine # 198 - Region 0 - NTSC|
Original Aspect ratio
Average Bitrate: 5.85 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s
|Audio||German (Dolby Digital 1.0 Mono)|
Studio: Home Vision Entertainment
Rich colors in this wonderfully stacked Criterion release. Colors are subtly saturated and full. The mono soundtrack is clear and plays the Middle Eastern music of the film delicately. There are a few scenes were I noticed blurry foregrounds, but I expect it is the film itself. Criterion has added a wealth of Extras on the 2nd disc and it is at their usual benchmark standards.out of Gary W. Tooze