Ali: Fear Eats the Soul. 2 DVD

by Rainer Werner Fassbinder

DVD, 2003

Status

Available

Call number

791.43

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Publication

Criterion

Description

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.

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An interracial couple is surrounded by former Nazis.

I'm fortunate that I don't relate to this movie. I don't personally experience prejudice in my day to day life. In the film, it's just taken as a given. There's no attempt by Fassbinder to explain or understand it; it's just the way things are.
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Intellectually, I know that people as hateful as those in the movie are real. Even today, some of them are successful, powerful politicians. But, emotionally, I find I'm unable (or maybe unwilling) to accept it. The result is that the movie feels unbelievably over-the-top to me.

Concept: C
Story: B
Characters: B
Dialog: B
Pacing: D
Cinematography: B
Special effects/design: B
Acting: B
Music: B

Enjoyment: C minus

GPA: 2.6/4
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Original publication date

1974-03-05
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